King & Queen suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge

KING & QUEEN – One of the three suspects charged in connection with a shooting in the St. Stephens Church area in late December pled guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Adkins, Vanessa Johnson, 30, of St. Stephens Church, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a concealed firearm in King & Queen Circuit Court June 10.

Adkins said the previous felony charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon was reduced because evidence showed that Johnson had taken the firearm during the incident in an effort to defuse the situation.

Johnson was sentenced to 12 months with all of it suspended.

The trial of a second suspect in the case, Prentis Harvey, 23 of St. Stephens Church, was continued on June 10 to Aug. 12. Harvey was indicted in March by a grand jury on one count of malicious wounding.

The third suspect in the case, Keith Lamont King, 41, of St. Stephens Church, was indicted on nine counts of attempted malicious wounding, five counts of firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle, and nine counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and will be tried by a jury in circuit court on July 16.

On Dec. 27, 2013, the King and Queen County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots fired at a party on Owens Mill Road.

According to Sheriff John Charboneau, at that time deputies found a male subject who had been assaulted. The man was flown to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond with non-life threatening injuries and was released the next day.

Also treated and released at the scene was a female subject who was struck by broken glass from the vehicle she was riding in after it was shot.

King is currently being held at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda. Harvey has been released on bail.

Hubbard can be reaching by phone at 804-885-0042