Commonwealth v. Juan Haywood Medley; Party Over for Felon in Birthday Shooting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Juan Haywood Medley, 36 years old, who previously resided in the 800 block of Governors Way in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien for Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Malicious Wounding, two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  Judge O’Brien sentenced Medley to 43 years in prison with 28 years suspended, leaving 15 years to serve.


Medley pled guilty on October 15, 2012.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on December 30, 2011, the victims were at a birthday party in the Pecan Gardens neighborhood in Virginia Beach.  Juan Haywood Medley walked into the house, greeted some people, then pulled out a gun and shot two people. He then fled from the scene.  Shortly thereafter, police found Medley hiding on the roof of a house nearby.  A pistol containing Medley’s DNA was also found on the roof.  Forensic evidence proved that the bullets fired at the party came from the gun found on the roof.


The female victim was shot in the arm, and the male victim was shot in the arm and abdomen. Both survived their injuries. The female had surgery and has a metal rod in her arm.  The male victim has had numerous surgeries and continues to suffer from the injuries he sustained that night.


Medley has adjudications as a juvenile for Possession of a Firearm while Possessing Schedule I/II Drugs and Possession of Cocaine.  He has convictions as an adult in Hopewell and Virginia Beach for Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, Possession of a Firearm while Possessing Schedule I/II Drugs, Assault and Battery of a Family Member, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Open Container, and Driving without a License (2 counts). 


The case was prosecuted by Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.