On March 4, 2016, defendant Trudale Terry was sentenced to more than one-hundred years of active incarceration for the killing of Michael “Boogie” Robinson, along with multiple other violent felonies and misdemeanors.
On June 28, 2014, Terry and many others were gathered on 22nd Street in the city of Newport News after attending a candlelight vigil for Rashad Lewis, who was shot and killed on 22nd Street less than a week earlier. As the night continued, Terry felt disrespected by his friend, Michael Robinson, who was also in attendance at the vigil. Robinson was preparing to leave for the evening with his girlfriend in a van driven by Laura Henderson. Terry told Robinson he could not let him leave. Henderson and Robinson’s girlfriend watched from the van as Terry pointed a firearm at Robinson and fired several shots. Robinson fell to the ground, and Terry stood over him firing several more bullets. Terry then turned the gun on the van and began shooting. Henderson was able to drive down the street, but Terry pursued them, firing as he ran. Henderson and her passenger miraculously survived the incident. Henderson sustained a bullet wound to her elbow.
On scene, police recovered multiple bullets and casings. This evidence, along with testimony from several eye witnesses, resulted in convictions for Terry on thirteen felonies and several misdemeanors, to include malicious wounding, discharging a firearm in a public place, first degree murder, and two counts of attempted murder.
At sentencing, Robinson’s sister testified to how much her brother, a father of six, had meant to his family and children. She described his sense of humor and the way he was always smiling. The Commonwealth asked for a sentence that was reflective not only of the loss suffered by Robinson’s family, but also of the trauma experienced by the other victims and witnesses on the case and of the danger Terry posed to the community. The court ultimately imposed a total of one-hundred and eleven years and six months of active incarceration time.