Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 18-year-old York resident

A memorial in front of 1094 Stewart Drive was created for Kameron Stanley, 18, who was shot to death Friday evening. (Kim Lenz/WYDaily)

Just ten months after an 18-year-old was gunned down in a York County neighborhood, a Williamsburg teenager has pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger.

A 17-year-old boy entered a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court, pleading guilty to second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, Commonwealth’s Attorney Benjamin Hahn said.

The charges stem from the July 22 death of Kameron Stanley, who was shot several times outside a house in the 1100 block of Stewart Drive, according to police.

Stanley was standing next to the curb in front of the house when three people pulled up in a green Mercedes, police said.

One teenager pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old multiple times, police said. Stanley was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A lab report from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science shows 11 .40 caliber cartridge cases were tested in connection to the alleged crime, documents show.

On May 18, prosecutors upgraded the second degree murder charge to first degree, and added charges of maiming, discharging a firearm at an occupied building and attempting to commit a noncapital offense, police said.

Images in court documents show officers and crime scene tape in the 1100 block of Stewart Drive following the death of 18-year-old Kameron Stanley. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Circuit Court)

But Hahn said the family didn’t want to go through another preliminary hearing to move the new charges up to circuit court. Prosecutors spoke to the family of the victim, who agreed the plea agreement was a satisfactory resolution to the case.

“We discussed options with the family and they were in agreement with filing this resolution,” Hahn said.

Hahn said prosecutors will likely drop the new charges against the juvenile in the York-Poquoson Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The juvenile’s sentencing is set for Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court.

Prosecutors previously dropped charges against an 18-year-old Toano man in connection to the shooting. Another 17-year-old, who remains unnamed, was also charged.

It is unclear whether the second 17-year-old still faces charges in connection to Stanley’s death, because records of the case are closed in juvenile court.

Note: WYDaily does not name juveniles who are accused of crimes unless they are being tried as adults.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Fearing can be reached at sarah.f@localvoicemedia.com.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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