VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A man was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of robbery and several other counts in connection with a 2018 robbery and a shooting involving an officer in a 7-Eleven in Virginia Beach.
Jahkil McPhail, 23, pleaded guilty in early August to two counts of robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping for financial gain, wearing a mask in public and three counts of using a handgun. fire in the commission of a crime.
A charge of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer has been dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Police said McPhail and his accomplice Jasper Wynn, both 20 at the time, robbed a 7-Eleven on South Independence Boulevard October 12, 2018.
Wynn pleaded guilty to multiple counts in March, including two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer, two counts of robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping, wearing a mask in public and three counts of using a ‘a firearm in the commission of a crime. He is due to be sentenced on February 14.
In a recent hearing, a circuit court judge sentenced McPhail to 87 years in prison, including 47 years suspended. He will serve 40 years behind bars.
The incident began as members of the 4th District and Special Operations Command monitored store operations and saw two masked men in the store on S. Independence Boulevard.
Officers were working to patrol likely theft targets after a series of robberies in Virginia Beach.
Police observed that the men encountered a clerk outside the store and ordered him to enter at gunpoint. Inside, there was another employee. The two men ordered the two women to put money and cigarettes in a bag they had brought with them.
At the time of the incident, the two VBPD agents had just parked in the parking lot when they saw the men. They called for reinforcements, then confronted Wynn and McPhail as they left the store with the bag full of cash and cigarettes.
Police ordered the men to stop, forcing McPhail to drop the bag and flee.
Wynn opened fire as officers approached. One of the bullets went through an officer’s pant leg and grazed his skin. A bullet was also recovered from the officers’ van, where the second officer had stood during the shooting.
The two officers fired back, hitting Wynn once on the forearm.
Police said the two left on foot after the exchange of gunfire. Wynn was found and arrested behind a closed business.
Police recovered a mask and gloves from Wynn. His car was later recovered in the area behind the 7-Eleven.
A K9 policeman found McPhail a short distance away while hiding in a garden shed.
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