Commonwealth v. Terrell Antonio Pugh; 19-Year-Old Pleads Guilty, Receives 16 Years, for Murder at Recording Studio

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Terrell Antonio Pugh, 19 years old, previously residing in Norfolk, Virginia, pled guilty today to Felony Second Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Distribute between ½ Pound and 5 Pounds of Marijuana, and Use of a Firearm.  This plea and plea agreement were accepted by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw, and Pugh was formally sentenced to 33 years in the Department of Corrections with 17 years suspended, leaving 16 years to serve. Pugh must remain on good behavior for twenty (20) years after his release, will be on supervised probation for an indeterminate period of time, and must cooperate with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in any further proceedings regarding this crime.


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on April 22, 2012, Terrell Antonio Pugh, Dwayne Tyjuan Riley, and a third man went to a recording studio in the Pembroke Lakes area of Virginia Beach to buy marijuana.  Once they arrived and met the drug dealer and the studio’s owner, an argument broke out about the quality of the marijuana.  Pugh and the dealer both pulled out guns. Pugh fired six times, striking the victim four times, killing him. The victim also fired his weapon, striking the wall twice. Pugh, his accomplices, and the owner of the recording studio all fled.  Once they left the area, the owner of the recording studio called police to report the slaying. 


Dwayne Riley is scheduled for sentencing for Conspiracy to Distribute between ½ Pound and 5 Pounds of Marijuana on June 4, 2013.  The third defendant is scheduled for trial on June 12, 2013.


The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorneys Michael D. Defricke and Wendy Alexander.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.