Commonwealth v. Javante Darquese Johnson; 16 Years to Serve for Shooting Three Juveniles

Monday, December 19, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Javante Darquese Johnson, age 22, formerly of the 900 block of Duck Pond Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien for Malicious Wounding (3 counts), Use of a Firearm (3 counts) and Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Judge O'Brien sentenced Johnson to 28 years in prison with 12 years suspended leaving 16 years to serve.​

Johnson pled guilty on August 1, 2016. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on April 27, 2015 a group of juveniles was playing basketball in the Pecan Gardens neighborhood in Virginia Beach.  After their game, they were standing in a circle talking when Johnson walked past them.  Words were exchanged, and someone in the group told Johnson to "keep walking."  Johnson pulled out a handgun and fired between four (4) to six (6) shots at the group from approximately 15 to twenty (20) feet away.  The juveniles scattered, ran, and checked themselves for injuries.  Three juveniles were transported to the hospital for gunshot wounds.  One sustained a wound to the chest and arm, another sustained an injury to the elbow, and another to the leg.  All three survived the injuries.

A description of the shooter was provided to police and Javante Johnson was ultimately developed as a suspect.  One juvenile identified Johnson in a photo line-up, and one other identified him in court.  On May 5, 2015, Johnson was arrested and police searched a bedroom he shared with his girlfriend. A 9 mm Glock magazine with seven (7) bullets was recovered, along with .38 caliber ammunition and two (2) fired casings.  No casings were found at the scene of the shooting, but several witnesses reported that the weapon used was likely a revolver which would not eject casings.  Johnson denied his involvement in the shooting.

Johnson has prior convictions for Grand Larceny, Destruction of Property, Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Petit Larceny, Obstruction of Justice, Assault and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney S. Mario Lorello prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.