Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Angelica Michelle Lee, 46 years old, of the 400 block of Woodlake Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge John C. Morrison of Voluntary Manslaughter. Lee was charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm. A presentence report was ordered and Judge Morrison will sentence Lee on January 4, 2012.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on August 15, 2009, Angelica Michelle Lee invited her son, Marcus Reese, to stay at her home temporarily. When he arrived that afternoon, Lee offered him food and an alcoholic drink. The two were eating and talking in Lee’s bedroom when a verbal argument ensued. Lee threw a glass ashtray at Marcus, striking him above his left eye. Lee’s other son was playing video games in his bedroom and heard the commotion. He went to mediate the situation and suggested that Marcus come play video games in his bedroom while Lee calmed down.
Shortly thereafter, the men heard Lee rummaging through a drawer in her room. When she opened her door, Marcus’ brother saw a pistol in her hand. He suggested that Marcus leave the home because of their mother’s behavior. As Marcus gathered his belongings from the room, his brother stood between the two, pleading with Lee to give up the gun. She refused, pointed the gun at them, and stated, “Move, or it will be both of you.” She then shot Marcus once in the chest, ultimately killing him. His brother called 911 and Lee went to take a shower. When the police arrived at the scene, Lee came out of the house carrying the gun under her arm. She was taken into custody at that time.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael D. Defricke and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kari A. Kopnicky prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.