Calling the killing one of the most heinous he has ever seen, a judge on Thursday sentenced a Hopewell man to life in prison for opening fire inside a busy Wendy’s restaurant in Prince George County and killing a young Richmond man.
After an hour-long sentencing hearing in Prince George Circuit Court, Judge W. Allan Sharrett sentenced Jules R. Moultrie III, 26, to life in prison for first-degree murder and eight additional years for two firearm counts in the Labor Day slaying of 20-year-old Coron Bond, who was sitting at a table looking at his cellphone when he was shot.
The unprovoked shooting stemmed from an unresolved dispute between the defendant’s sister and the victim’s girlfriend – both of whom worked at the Wendy’s.
Sharrett agreed with Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Fierro that the case warranted an upward departure from state sentencing guidelines. The guidelines called for a punishment of 40 years and 11 months at the low end, and 68 years and three months at the high end.
In remarks from the bench, the judge said that the shooting was “an unprovoked attack on a passive unarmed person. The victim was seated down and had done nothing — nothing at all.”
Sharrett asked the defendant before sentencing him if he had anything to say on his behalf, and the defendant said, “No, sir.” His attorney, Matthew Stewart, said he will appeal the convictions.
Read the rest of this from Mark Bowes of the Richmond Times Dispatch here.