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☷ Norfolk Virginia - Commonwealth v Jermaine Tucker Sentencing

☷ Norfolk Virginia - Commonwealth v Jermaine Tucker Sentencing

Norfolk , state Virginia
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   NORFOLK , Va . – Jermaine Antoine Tucker , a 36 - year - old Virginia Beach man , was sentenced in Norfolk Circuit Court on Friday , April 29 , 2022 , to serve 26 years in prison for murdering 46 - year - old Thomas Lyn Christian Jr . by shooting into Mr . Christian’s vehicle as he was driving away from Truth Soul Food restaurant .
   Around 10 p . m . on Dec . 11 , 2019 , Mr . Christian and Mr . Tucker were having an argument outside of the Truth Soul Food restaurant at 5018 E . Princess Anne Rd . in Norfolk . According to witnesses , Mr . Tucker was angered with Mr . Christian for talking to Mr . Tucker’s wife . Video surveillance at the restaurant showed Mr . Christian arguing with Mr . Tucker and a friend of Mr . Christian’s intervening and walking Mr . Christian to his vehicle . After Mr . Christian’s friend resumed confronting Mr . Tucker , Mr . Christian approached Mr . Tucker again and pointed a handgun at Mr . Tucker . Mr . Christian’s friend once again attempted to deescalate the situation by stepping between the two , walking Mr . Christian back to his vehicle and telling Mr . Christian to go home .
   When Mr . Christian pulled out of his parking space and started toward the parking lot exit , Mr . Tucker grabbed a handgun out of his vehicle and fired several rounds into Mr . Christian’s car , which continued rolling across East Princess Anne Road toward a nearby apartment building before coming to a stop . One of the bullets struck Mr . Christian behind his left ear and he was pronounced dead by medics at the scene . Mr . Tucker was located and arrested by the Norfolk Police Fugitive Squad the following night .
   On Nov . 10 , 2021 , a jury of Mr . Tucker’s peers found Mr . Tucker guilty of second - degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of murder . On Friday , Judge Tasha D . Scott sentenced Mr . Tucker to 40 years in prison with 17 years suspended for the charge of second - degree murder . The use of a firearm in the commission of murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison , bringing Mr . Tucker’s total active prison time to 26 years . Mr . Tucker’s sentence is conditioned upon 20 years of uniform good behavior , an indeterminate term of supervised probation , and no contact with eyewitnesses or the victim’s family .
   Mr . Tucker , known to be a Bounty Hunter Blood gang member , has a criminal history including a 2005 conviction for armed robbery .
   “We see this too often: The presence of a gun turned an argument into a murder , ” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi . “No matter who started this argument or what happened during the argument , when Mr . Christian did the right thing and chose to leave , the argument was over . Mr . Tucker bears the blame for picking up a gun and murdering Mr . Christian . We have held Mr . Tucker accountable; he will serve 26 years in prison . But had Mr . Tucker done the right thing that night , he would be a free man , and Mr . Christian would be alive today . My heart goes out to Mr . Christian’s family on their terrible loss . ”
   Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William S . Maydosz led the prosecution of Mr . Tucker’s case on behalf of the Commonwealth .
   
   

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