Friday, June 21, 2024

This Hampton woman went to a Walmart in York County and shot her wife to death in the parking lot. Her sentence: 40 years

Cindy N. Bryant. (Courtesy VPRJ)
Cindy N. Bryant. (Courtesy VPRJ)

A Hampton woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting her estranged wife to death in the parking lot outside a Walmart in Tabb area of York County.

Cindy Bryant, 36, will remain on probation for life after she completes the prison sentence handed down to her on Thursday by York Circuit Court Judge Richard Rizk.

The judge told Bryant she was “on the hunt” on the morning in February 2018 when she shot and killed 37-year-old Jean Bryant near an entrance to the Walmart.

Cindy Bryant was charged with first-degree murder and gun charges. She pleaded guilty in September.

Jean Bryant was working in an optometrist office in the Walmart – which is in leased space and not a Walmart business – that morning when Cindy Bryant entered the store, displayed a gun, and told her to come outside to talk, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said last year.

“She produced a gun, said let’s go outside to the parking lot to discuss this further. When they got out to the parking lot, things didn’t improve, they got worse,” Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said during a news conference following Cindy Bryant’s arrest last year.

Authorities said Cindy Bryant shot Jean Bryant multiple times in the abdomen.

A York County deputy had just pulled into the parking lot on routine patrol when the shooting happened and was able to quickly take Cindy Bryant into custody.

Another deputy who arrived on scene started performing CPR on Jean Bryant while waiting for medics to arrive.

Jean Bryant was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News where she died shortly thereafter.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

Related Articles