Commonwealth v. Jahmon Markee Blount; 38 Years in Prison for Murder and Robbery of Friend, Robbery of Juvenile

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Jahmon Markee Blount, 20 years old, formerly of the 3800 block of Windsor Gate Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Second Degree Murder, Robbery (2 counts), Attempted Robbery, Use of Firearm (3 counts), and Conspiracy (2 counts). Judge Shockley sentenced Blount to 73 years in prison with 35 years suspended leaving 38 years to serve.

Blount pled guilty on April 15, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence in this case would have proven that on July 30, 2014, Jahmon Markee Blount and a group of co-conspirators committed an armed robbery, then later a second armed robbery and murder, in the City of Virginia Beach. Early in the evening, Blount and his co-conspirators planned to purchase marijuana from a male juvenile.  The group arranged to meet the juvenile at City View Park.  When the juvenile arrived with his girlfriend, one of the individuals from Blount’s group robbed the juvenile at gunpoint, taking his drugs, phone, and money.  Blount robbed the juvenile’s girlfriend of her belongings at gunpoint. Blount’s group, including the eventual homicide victim, Gilbert McGriff, drove off together and met up with another male at a home in the Green Run area of Virginia Beach.

 

At this home, Blount and the group made a plan to rob McGriff of his gun, drugs, and shoes. McGriff was in another room at the time.  The group left the house together with McGriff in McGriff’s car. McGriff had no idea he was about to be robbed by his friends.  Blount and the others instructed McGriff to stop the car on Sierra Drive.  They all got out of the car while McGriff waited in the driver’s seat.  They eventually returned to the car and demanded McGriff out at gunpoint.  They demanded his gun, drugs, and shoes.  McGriff grabbed for the gun being pointed at him and a struggle ensued.  One of the men in Blount’s group was grazed in the face by a bullet during this struggle, and McGriff was shot in the buttocks.  The men fled, leaving McGriff bleeding out in the street.  Police responded to the scene. McGriff was able to tell them that he was shot and his gun was taken, and he died shortly thereafter at a local hospital.

 

Blount was arrested on August 20, 2014 following a thorough investigation by the police department.  During an interview with detectives, Blount initially denied any involvement in the earlier robbery of the juvenile or the robbery and murder of McGriff. Ultimately he provided details about the robbery of the juvenile and confessed about the plan to rob McGriff.

 

Blount’s three co-defendants are awaiting trial in Circuit Court on related charges. 

 

Blount has a prior adjudication as juvenile for Rape and convictions as an adult for Concealed Weapon and Petit Larceny.

 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald L. Harris. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.

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