Release Date: Monday, July 12, 2010 4:30 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Beverlyn Marie Johnson, 34 years old, who previously resided in the 5300 block of Justin Court in the City of Virginia Beach, was sentenced on one (1) count of Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Circuit Court Judge Patricia L. West ordered the defendant to serve a total of thirty (30) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Twenty (20) years of that sentence was suspended, leaving Johnson an active sentence of ten (10) years. Johnson entered into plea agreement on October 28, 2008 and as part of her agreement, testified against her co-defendants, Alvin Lorenzo Evans Jr. and Keone Rashad Baxter.
Had the matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on February 7, 2008, Johnson and co-defendants Evans and Baxter planned to set up men for the purpose of robbery using Johnson as bait. That evening, the victim, Sharrod Bailey, met Johnson at Luxury Brown Sports Bar and Dance Club. Later in the evening, Mr. Bailey spoke with Johnson by cell phone and, as a result, drove to the Mayfair Apartments under the impression that he would be picking her up to have a meal at IHOP. When Mr. Bailey arrived, Johnson walked away from the car, under the guise of getting a coat. Baxter and Evans then approached the car and demanded that he open the door. Evans then shot the victim to death through the driver’s side window.
Co-defendant, Keone Baxter was convicted by a jury and sentenced to a total of twenty (20) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections and fined $50,000.00. Co-defendant, Alvin Evans was convicted by a jury who recommended that he serve thirty-eight (38) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Evans’ sentencing is set for August 18, 2010.
Johnson was previously convicted of Assault and Battery of a Family or Household Member in Virginia Beach in 2004. In Norfolk, Johnson was convicted of three (3) counts of Obstruction of Justice and one (1) count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor from 2000-2005.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Senior Assistant Edwin S. Booth prosecuted the case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.