Commonwealth v. Michael Allen Casey; Judge Imposes Jury's Recommended 8-Year Sentence for Senseless Shooting

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Michael Allen Casey, 24 years old, formerly of the 5100 block of Bellamy Manor Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was formally sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien for charges of Voluntary Manslaughter and Use of a Firearm.  A jury found Casey guilty of these charges on November 12, 2015 and fixed his punishment at eight (8) years in prison.  Judge O’Brien, who presided over the three-day trial, imposed that sentence today.

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on April 26, 2015, Michael Allen Casey went to the home of a female acquaintance in the Hilltop area of Virginia Beach.  The woman was in an on-again, off-again dating relationship with the victim, Jameel Simmons.  Casey and the woman went to a local bar for drinks then returned to her house.  The woman began to text Jameel Simmons, asking him for money she believed he owed her and claiming that she thought she could be pregnant.  Hearing this, Simmons asked if he could come to her house.  Although the woman told Simmons not to come over, he wanted to talk about the possible pregnancy and showed up anyway.  Casey was still in the home. 

Simmons began to knock on the windows and doors.  Eventually, Casey opened the front door and got into a struggle with Simmons.  Casey put a gun to Simmons’ chest, and Simmons asked, “Are you going to shoot me, bro?”  Casey then shot Simmons in the abdomen and the back, and then fled with the gun.  Simmons died at the scene.  When interviewed by investigators, Casey admitted to shooting Simmons but said it was in self-defense. There was no evidence that Simmons was armed. 

Casey has prior convictions for Disturbing the Peace.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys James Panagis and Brian M. Latuga prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Pridgen Allen if additional information is desired.​