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A former security guard in Virginia has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a 60-year-old man who had been playing the video game Pokemon Go in his minivan.
Chesapeake Circuit Court Judge John Brown followed a jury’s recommendation when he handed the sentence to 24-year-old Johnathan Cromwell on Monday.
Cromwell - Years - Murder - Weapons - Charge
Cromwell could have faced up to 43 years after being found guilty of second-degree murder and a weapons charge in March.
Authorities say 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen, who spoke almost no English, was in a minivan in a parking lot and playing Pokemon Go when he was confronted and shot by Cromwell in January 2017.
Cromwell - Vehicle - Fire - Fear - Life
Cromwell said the vehicle was moving and he opened fire out of fear for his life after repeatedly ordering Chen to stop. His lawyer argued he acted in self-defense.
But prosecutors said broken glass found under the van’s shot-out windows disproved Cromwell’s claim.
Hearing - Monday - Family - Members - Victim
At the sentencing hearing on Monday, which was attended by family members of both the victim and the defendant, Cromwell's friends testified about his good character.
Defense lawyer Andrew Sacks says he plans to appeal, insisting that his client should not have been convicted of any charge.
'This - Officer - Security - Guard - State
'This was a para-police officer, a security guard licensed by the state permitted to carry a gun,' Sacks told the station WAVY. 'He had a statutory duty to protect people, make arrests and it was in the line of that duty.'
Authorities said on the night of January 26, 2017, Chen was sitting in his minivan in the driveway of the Riverwalk Clubhouse parking area in Chesapeake - which was also a virtual 'gym' location on the Pokemon Go app game - when he was confronted by Cromwell.
Cromwell - Months - Guard - Citywide - Protection
Cromwell had worked for two months as a guard for Citywide Protection Services before the fateful encounter.
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