VIRGINIA BEACH — A man convicted of murdering his friend while robbing two French exchange students was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Tuesday.
Deandre Evans Woman, of Franklin, Va., was sentenced to 148 years in prison with 98 years suspended for the Aug. 6, 2016 shooting death of 30-year-old Michael Scott.
Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis found Womack guilty of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, malicious wounding, armed burglary and four counts of using a gun in the commission of a felony on April 24.
According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Womack, Scott and a third man, 27-year-old Garry Ta’Sheen Hamlin, of Suffolk, intended to rob the French students at a home on 22nd Street in Virginia Beach; however, in the process of holding the students up, Scott was fatally shot in the head.
The same bullet that hit Scott also hit one of the exchange students. The student survived the shooting.
Hamlin is accused of running from the home. A police officer began to chase him on a bike, and Hamlin is accused of throwing one of the student’s wallets onto the ground, as well as a bloody pistol while he fled, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
He was arrested shortly after.
Womack went to Scott’s girlfriend’s house and told her he thought there had been a shooting in Virginia Beach. The pair met near the crime scene the next day, and Womack told her about the robbery and gave the woman Scott’s phone, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Womack was arrested a few days later in Franklin.
Hamlin is charged with second-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a gun by a felony, wearing a mask on private property, malicious wounding, conspiring to commit a felony and four counts of use of a gun in the commission of a felony.
His trial is scheduled for Nov. 28 in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.
Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.