Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Another defendant sentenced in the 2016 shooting death of a teen in York County

Julian Rios (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 23-year-old man has been sentenced in connection with the 2016 premeditated murder of an 18-year-old from Portsmouth on Crawford Road in York County.

Julian Rios was handed life in prison earlier this month for the murder of Austin Baxley in 2016 — all but 22 years of that sentence was suspended (he will be under supervised probation for life after his release from prison), said Casey Street, a clerk with the York-Poquoson Circuit Court.

Rios was also sentenced to three years in prison on felony offense use of a firearm, bringing his prison term to 25 years.

Rios pleaded guilty to the charges in March 2018.

According to prosecutors and court papers, Rios and Amina Lillian Washington, 27, plotted Baxley’s death for weeks leading up to the evening of June 30, when Baxley was shot and his body dumped on Crawford Road.

Baxley was found around midnight after a passerby reported finding a body on the side of the road near the Tour Road overpass. Baxley had been shot in the head and torso.

A third person, Antionne Hinton, helped get rid of the guns used in the killing. He pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in a homicide in January.

Washington pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to online York-Poquoson Circuit Court records.

On the murder charge, Washington was sentenced in October to 99 years in prison with 76 years suspended, resulting in 23 years to serve — three of those years are for the firearm charge.

Upon her release from prison, she will be on probation for 99 years.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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