One of the two men convicted in an attempted robbery that turned deadly received his formal sentencing in a Charlottesville courtroom Monday.
A Charlottesville Circuit Court judge handed down a 25-year sentence to Jerome Jordan Eaddy around 6 p.m. Monday, October 2.
November 30, 2016, a jury found Eaddy guilty on the charges of first-degree murder in commission of a robbery and attempted robbery for his role in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Floyd Alston Jr.
In court Monday, Eaddy apologized to Alston's family and to his own family for the pain he has caused. He begged that the judge show him mercy when deciding his punishment.
The judge ultimately went with the jury's recommendation of 25 years in prison for Eaddy. The judge said he took into account all factors, but at the end of the day a life was lost.
"No matter what, Floyd's not coming back. There's no verdict in the world that can change that. There's nothing that can make them have him again, or see him again, or talk to him again. And so, this is a start of a process for them, but it's one that is going to be ongoing for the rest of their lives," said Charlottesville Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony.
Defense attorneys had argued Monday that the getaway driver for that crime, Bryan Page, was not a creditable witness. Eaddy's legal team also filed a motion to have the guilty verdict on the first-degree murder charge be set aside. The judge denied that motion.
The judge pointed out that phone-related evidence showed Eaddy having multiple calls with both Page and Pierre Gerard Augustin. That evidence also includes Eaddy communicating with the man who ultimately supplied him with a gun.
According to authorities, Page waited in a car while Eaddy and Augustin invaded Alston's home on South First Street sometime before 10 p.m. November 21, 2015.
Alston's fiancée, Tiffany Powell, said two men wearing masks demanded drugs and money. She said Alston was shot once in the chest when he fought back. He was later pronounced dead at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Prosecutors said Augustin was the one who pulled the trigger. Page twice told the court that when he asked Augustin what happened, he replied, "I shot him in the stomach. I should have shot him in the head."
The gun used in Alston's murder has not been found.
Page entered a plea deal, and has testified against both Eaddy and Augustin. He was convicted on the charge of accessory after the fact, and several other charges related to a police chase and crash.