Suspects plead guilty to accessory in Va. Beach man’s murder

Kirshem Sanders (Family photo via Portsmouth police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Two men charged with accessory to murder in a Virginia Beach man’s shooting death entered guilty pleas in court Wednesday.

Police say 25-year-old Jordan Copeland, 24-year-old Rashadee Jones and 22-year-old Mekera Washington took part in a deadly shooting that claimed the life of 30-year-old Kirshem Sanders.

Jordan Copeland, Rashadee Jones (WAVY Photos)

Copeland and Jones pleaded guilty to accessory to murder. WAVY’s Jason Marks reports Copeland was sentenced to five years, with four years suspended.

Jones was sentenced to five years, with only one year suspended. Jason Marks reports there was a difference in the sentence lengths due to evidence.

This case stems back to January when police say they found Sanders shot to death in an alley near Maryland Avenue in Portsmouth.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says Sanders went to Washington’s Virginia Beach apartment to conduct a drug transaction. Jones and Copeland were in the apartment at the time.

A dispute reportedly arose at some point and Sanders was shot five times.

The Commonwealth’s evidence shows the three went to Jones’ home in Portsmouth to talk about the incident.

They later returned to Virginia Beach and cleaned the apartment in an effort to remove all evidence that Sanders had been shot there.

The Commonwealth says the three of them took Sanders’ body and dumped it in the 100 block of Chautauqua Avenue in Portsmouth.

Copeland, Jones and Washington were each indicted on an accessory to murder charge in April.

Police originally charged Copeland with Sanders’ murder — but the charges were thrown out after prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to prove Copeland was the shooter.

Washington pleaded guilty to charges of being an accessory after the fact. She was sentenced to five years with three suspended, leaving two years to serve.