Commonwealth v. James Wallace White, Jr.; 40 years in Prison for Killing Wife and Shooting Stepson

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that James Wallace White, Jr., 53 years old, formerly of the 5500 block of Baccalaureate Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien for First Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding, and Use of a Firearm (2 counts). In sentencing White, Judge O'Brien stated "What really offends me is the number of lives that have been ruined … Your actions cannot be condoned by any society."  Judge O'Brien sentenced White to serve 40 years in prison on the charges, to be on supervised probation following his release from incarceration, and to be of good behavior for life.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on May 7, 2015, James White and his wife, Bridgette White, lived together with Bridgette's two sons on Baccalaureate Drive in the City of Virginia Beach.  After a fight on May 7, Bridgette went to stay at a friend's house.  On the afternoon of May 8, James White showed one of Bridgette's sons a picture of a man with whom he believed Bridgette was having an affair.  He stated, "If she brings him here, I'm going to blow his head off," and said that if Bridgette came to the house with him, they would "go out together."  He then showed Bridgette's son a handgun which was tucked in his waistband.

Later that day, Bridgette and a friend came home to pack some of Bridgette's belongings.  James White came into the bedroom and locked the door.  He slapped Bridgette and began yelling at her.  Eventually, Bridgette, her two sons, and her friend were in the upstairs hallway area.  James pushed passed them and brandished a gun.  He then fired two shots at Bridgette; one struck her in the face, and the other struck her son in the shoulder.  Her son survived, but Bridgette died at the scene.

James White ran out of the house.  Officers responded and attempted to locate him.  They found him down the street and White was taken into custody shortly thereafter.  During an interview with police, he admitted to shooting Bridgette and her son. 

White has prior convictions for Assault (2 counts), Assault and Battery of a Family Member, Gambling, Driving without a License (2 counts), and some other minor traffic offenses.

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