VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Virginia Beach man was sentenced in Circuit Court Tuesday for shooting a man in Wadsworth Shores military housing in June, 2012.
Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced James W. Hawkins Jr. to serve 36 years in prison.
According to the Commonwealth Attorney's office, a friend told Hawkins that a man was visiting his estranged wife’s home, located in the Wadsworth Shores military housing complex.
Prosecutors say Hawkins armed himself with a handgun, borrowed a truck from another friend and drove to the home in the 1200 block of S. Birdneck Road to confront the victim.
Hawkins ordered the victim at gunpoint to get into the truck, then shot the victim multiple times when he refused to do so.
The victim, who was in the Navy, survived with injuries to his left arm, left leg, and torso.
"The fact that it happened still in the daylight with kids outside playing, right in the middle of the street, it's kind of scary," said witness Melody Frank.
Hawkins has prior convictions for armed robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a controlled substance.