Alex Thaddeus Jenkins, 28, has been found guilty of robbery, use of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime and a jury set his punishment at 35 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien, who presided over the recent trial, will formally sentence him on July 23, 2018.
The Commonwealth Attorney's evidence proved that on the evening of December 19, 2010, Jenkins and a co-conspirator planned to rob the Junior Market on S. Lynnhaven Road.
They wore masks, gloves, and all dark clothing. They went over and around the counter and robbed the cashier at gunpoint, taking money from the register and going through the cashier's purse.
Jenkins and his co-conspirator pulled the cashier around the store by her hair at gunpoint looking for the safe. They threatened to shoot her because the safe had a delay in dropping money out.
A male customer came into the store and was immediately robbed at gunpoint. Jenkins took the man to a back room in the store where he kicked him, threw boxes at him, and pulled the trigger of his weapon, though it did not go off.
Jeannie Murphy entered into the store during this robbery, walked over to the cooler and then approached the register to pay.
Jenkins' co-conspirator stood up from behind the counter and fired three times at Murphy as she tried to run out the front door. She was struck in the lower back and shoulder. Murphy was taken to the hospital, where she later died.
Jenkins and his co-conspirator fled the store and witnesses spotted them jumping a fence at a nearby daycare. The cashier ran to a neighboring business to get help. Police responded to the scene and an investigation began.
The case remained cold for a number of years. On April 23, 2014, Jenkins, then an inmate at Keen Mountain Correctional Center, told prison staff that he was involved in the crimes. Jenkins gave a very detailed statement with several facts that would only be known to someone involved in the crime. He stated that he was the robber in the back room with the male victim while his co-conspirator was the man behind the counter who shot Murphy.
The co-defendant is facing charges of first degree felony murder, robbery, use of firearm and conspiracy. His trial date has not yet been set.
Jenkins is currently serving nine years in prison for robbery, use of a firearm, conspiracy and wearing a mask, for a crime which occurred on December 16, 2010, at a Quick Mart in the Birdneck Road area of Virginia Beach.
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