UPDATE 10/1: Jabril Jamal Holliday was sentenced Tuesday to 53 years with 15 years suspended, leaving 38 years to serve, on charges of first degree murder, use of a firearm and conspiracy.
Because Holliday was a juvenile at the time of the offense, he will serve a portion of his sentence in the juvenile system, transferring to the adult Department of Corrections at age 21.
VIRGINIA BEACH-- A Virginia Beach teen was found guilty of first degree murder Wednesday for the 2011 killing of Kody Scruton.
A jury found 17-year-old Jabril Jamal Holliday guilty of first degree murder, use of a firearm and conspiracy.
According to the prosecutor, on June 3, 2011, a then 15-year-old Jabril Holliday and a friend wanted to buy some marijuana. They asked an adult acquaintance, Nahshon Brown, to drive them. Holliday also called 17-year-old Kody Scruton to help them arrange the drug deal.
Prosecutors say when they could not find marijuana, Holliday decided they would rob a drug dealer. Brown gave Holliday a gun to use in the robbery. Scuton was uncomfortable with this plan and decided he did not want to participate. Afraid Scruton was now a “snitch,” Holliday ordered Brown to drive to a civic center off Diamond Springs Road.
According to prosecutors, Holliday ordered Scruton out of the car and behind the building and then shot Scruton in the face and left him to die. Scruton’s body was found hours later.
Prosecutors say when Holliday was interviewed by detectives he denied knowing Kody Scruton, but phone records proved Holliday was in contact with Scruton multiple times in the hours before the murder.
A friend of Scruton testified that on the night of the murder she received a phone call from Scruton and he said, “I’m either going to end up in jail, or dead.”
Holliday was tried as an adult because of the serious nature of the crime. He’ll be sentenced on September 17, 2013.
Brown pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and conspiracy and was sentenced to five years.
The juvenile with Holliday and Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy and was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.