2017 Virginia Beach double murder suspects sentencing and plea

Posted at 6:21 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 16:16:24-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - James Gregory and Leonard Morrison appeared in Virginia Beach court on Monday morning in connection to a June 2017 double homicide.

Morrison, who was found guilty in May received two life sentences and 28 additional years for the double murder.

Court officials said Gregory received two life sentences and an additional 30 years behind bars.

Both were charged with first degree murder and other counts for the shooting deaths of 28-year-old John Rathjen and 23-year-old Rayvon Miles on Archives Court.

In the days following the double homicide, police say Gregory and Morrison robbed GameStop stores in Chesapeake and Hampton. The two were arrested following the Hampton robbery during which a police officer was shot. Another officer returned fire, hitting Morrison, who is now in a wheelchair.

For that incident, Gregory was sentenced to 80 years in prison last week.