Jury recommends life for man convicted in 2015 Va. Beach murder

Timothy Josaahn Watson (Photo courtesy VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A jury has recommended a life sentence for a man convicted in a 2015 murder outside of a Virginia Beach strip club.

Paul Abbey, 25, was shot and killed outside Cheetah’s Lounge on Diamond Springs Road.

A spokesperson with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed to WAVY’s Erin Kelly that Timothy Watson was convicted on all counts. Watson’s trial began in Virginia Beach last week.

He was one of the three suspects charged following Abbey’s murder.

Watson and Raiquan Turner were charged with murder, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for their role in the 2015 incident. The third suspect, Keith Devon Mitchell, was charged with and later pleaded guilty to accessory after the homicide.

Turner was found guilty in a jury trial earlier this month and is facing three life sentences.

Jurors recommended life plus 53 years as well as a $100,000 fine for Watson. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 20.

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