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April 8, 2016

For Immediate Release

Newport News, Virginia


A Newport News man was sentenced to 73 years in prison for shooting and killing two men, one of them his own brother, during a 2009 robbery attempt at the Aqueduct Apartments.
Michael McLain, 26, was walking through the apartment complex on July 19, 2009, with his brother Charles McLain looking for someone to rob.  The two came upon Terrence Kindred, and Charles McLain said he wanted to rob Kindred.  Michael McLain did not feel Kindred was a good victim and began to walk away when he heard a gunshot. Michael McLain turned around and saw Kindred fleeing from Charles McLain, who was firing at Kindred. Michael McLain then pulled out a gun and also began firing at Kindred.  One of the shots Michael McLain fired at Kindred missed and struck his brother Charles McLain instead.  That shot to Charles McLain’s neck was fatal.

McLain kept chasing and firing at Kindred, who was shot a total of eight times. McLain hid his gun and his brother’s gun in some bushes, then retrieved them the next day and threw them in the York River. Both guns were later recovered and linked to the shooting.

McLain repeatedly admitted to killing Charles McLain and Kindred to various acquaintances and described it as part of an attempted robbery. McLain also admitted to investigators that he shot his brother while trying to shoot Kindred and to throwing the guns in the river. McLain even identified the two recovered guns as the weapons used that day.

McLain pled guilty to two counts of murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony on February 2, 2016. On April 8, 2016, Judge David F. Pugh sentenced McLain to serve 73 years in prison – 40 years for Kindred’s murder, 30 years for Charles McLain’s murder and three years for using the firearm.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark L. McKinney and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Alicia M. LeClair with assistance from Victim/Witness Advocate Shannon Powell.