Commonwealth v. Richard Jerome Gregory Jr.; Judge Imposes 21-Year Sentence in Fatal Robbery Case

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Richard Jerome Gregory Jr., 26 years old, formerly of the 1100 block of Clydesdale Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was formally sentenced to 21 years in prison for charges of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm.  Gregory was found guilty after a jury trial on July 24, 2018, and the jury recommended he serve 21 years.  Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan, who presided over the trial, formally imposed the sentence today.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on May 8, 2017, Richard Jerome Gregory Jr. and the victim, Erica Alford, planned to meet for a drug transaction.  Alford, driving her Honda Civic, picked up a friend on the way to meet Gregory.  The friend sat in the backseat of the car after Alford picked up Gregory. The group drove to the Mayfair Apartments in Virginia Beach at Gregory's direction to do the drug transaction.  After Alford parked, Gregory left the front passenger seat of the car with a lunch bag in his hand.  He returned a few minutes later, got back into the passenger seat, and demanded, "Where is it?"  Alford, still seated in the driver's seat, replied, "I don't have it on me."  Gregory immediately pulled out a gun and started firing at Alford, ultimately killing her.  Alford fired back at Gregory, striking him in the hand and leg. 

Alford's friend, afraid of getting shot, jumped out of the backseat of the car and ran to a nearby 7-Eleven for help.   She borrowed a customer's phone to call 911.  Meanwhile, Gregory fled from the vehicle and limped to various apartments leaving a trail of blood.   Police and emergency personnel arrived on scene shortly thereafter and transported Gregory to the hospital.

The incident was captured on video surveillance from Mayfair Apartments.  Gregory was seen on video limping away from the scene carrying a lunch bag and a black object in his hand.  When interviewed by police he stated that he did not remember what happened due to being shot. 

Gregory has six (6) prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana. 

Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.