​ Commonwealth v. Jordan Diangelo Champion; Life Plus 13 Years in Prison for Senseless Murder of 20-Year-Old Man

Monday, September 12, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jordan Diangelo Champion, 23 years old, formerly of the 6000 block of Clear Springs Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. for First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.  Judge Padrick sentenced Champion to life plus 13 years in prison. This was well over the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines which recommended he serve no more than 39 years and 6 months in prison.

Champion pled guilty on April 12, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on October 29, 2013, Virginia Beach police responded to a "shots fired" call in the Level Green neighborhood.  Upon their arrival, police found 20-year-old Kristopher Lee suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and they pronounced him deceased. During their investigation, police learned that Lee had received a phone call from his girlfriend earlier that evening, and had gone to meet her at the location where he was ultimately shot.  Jordan Champion and Dau-Shawn Newton had a close relationship with Lee's girlfriend and were identified as suspects in the murder.

Witnesses reported seeing Newton talking on the phone near the murder scene prior to the murder.  Newton was then seen directing a station wagon, driven by a third man, into the area.  As the vehicle parked, Newton got into it.  After gunshots were heard, Champion, by his own admission, discarded the gun and his jacket before getting into the station wagon and fleeing with Newton and the driver.  On October 30, 2013, Champion's gun and jacket were recovered by police.  A forensic analysis determined that the firearm recovered was the one used in the murder of Lee. In an interview with police, Champion admitted to being the shooter. 

Dau-Shawn Newton pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder and received sentence of 6 years and 5 months in prison.​

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Vivian Henderson and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Katharine Aicher prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.