Release Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:25 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Alvin Lorenzo Evans Jr., 33 years old, previously residing in the 600 block of Aubrey Drive in the City of Virginia Beach., was convicted by a jury on the charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted Robbery, Conspiracy and two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. The Honorable Leslie L. Lilley presided over the three day trial. The jury recommended that he serve a sentence of thirty-eight (38) years. Formal sentencing is set for June 30, 2010.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on February 7, 2008, the victim, Sharrod Bailey, met Beverly Johnson at the club, Luxury Brown. He later spoke with Johnson over the telephone and drove to the Mayfair Apartments, off Newtown Road, under the impression that he would pick her up to have a meal at IHOP. Baxter, Alvin Evans, and Johnson had earlier planned to set up men for the purpose of robbery. Johnson lured the victim to the apartment complex around 3:30 a.m. When he arrived, Johnson walked away under the guise of getting a coat. Baxter and Evans approached the car and demanded that Bailey open the door. Evans then shot him to death through the driver’s side window. DNA belonging to Evans was located in the victim’s pocket; a fingerprint belonging to Evans was also was found at the scene. Virginia Beach police tracked the men to New York with the assistance of the US Marshal’s Service, where they were observed but escaped arrest. When Baxter and Evans returned to Virginia Beach, the police were able to take them into custody.
In 2005, Evans was sentenced to eighteen (18) years for three (3) counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute. That sentence was suspended, conditioned upon “good behavior”.
In October, 2009, Keone Baxter was sentenced by a jury to twenty (20) years on Robbery and Conspiracy charges and fined $50,000.00. Beverly Johnson is awaiting sentencing on charges of Robbery and Conspiracy arising from this matter.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Senior Assistant Edwin S. Booth prosecuted the case. Please call Julie Pickell if additional information is desired.