Virginia man sentenced to prison in store manager's shooting

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Jul 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-02 06:18:43-04

DANVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for shooting a store clerk in the back of the head one year ago.

Jaivon Alonzo Scott, 33, was sentenced by a judge to 18 years — with 11 suspended — for malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon and use of a firearm during commission of a felony, the Danville Register & Bee reported.

Scott, an employee at the store, was on duty when he shot the manager, Dacha Lamont Fitzgerald. When the victim tried to get away after being shot, Scott continued shooting at him, said Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman.

No one else was injured, authorities said.

Scott fled the scene before he was taken into custody on July 14 after three police officer chased him down.

Scott’s attorney, Eric Cronin, argued that Scott was facing difficult circumstances in his life at the time of the shooting, including being a young father with a second child coming and having lost his father two weeks prior to the shooting. But Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman countered that Scott "was not going through anything that most of us don’t go through.”

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