CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WTKR) -- Johnathan Cromwell, 23, will serve 30 years in prison after a judge sentenced him Monday in court. With time served and with good behavior, he could possibly serve 23 years, according to officials in court.
The judge sentenced Cromwell following a jury recommendation after a trial in February.
Cromwell was convicted of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Through the investigation and trial outcome, he has already served almost two and a half years in prison.
The jury could have recommended anywhere between eight to 43 years for the two offenses. They recommended Cromwell serve 27 years behind bars for the murder charge, and three years are mandatory for his charges of use of a firearm.
Cromwell was working as an armed security guard for Citywide Protection Services LLC the night he shot 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen who was driving a van near the Riverwalk Clubhouse. Chen died at the scene.
Chen's family and prosecutors in the case maintain Chen was playing Pokémon Go that night and was unarmed. Cromwell told the jury Chen was previously barred from the private property and when Cromwell went to confront him, he drove his car toward Cromwell, who fired to stop the vehicle, he said.