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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Commonwealth v. Rayvone D. Foster

Norfolk Man Sentenced to More Than 4 Years for Voluntary Manslaughter of Virginia Beach Woman

NORFOLK, Va. – Rayvone Dimetrius Foster, 23, was sentenced Friday to four years and four months in prison for voluntary manslaughter following the 2021 shooting death of Virginia Beach resident Shakiya Nicole Johnson.

On Jan. 11, 2021, Mr. Foster drove a vehicle with multiple unknown individuals to a Norfolk hotel in search of another man. The man, Ms. Johnson's boyfriend, was at the hotel with Ms. Johnson in her mother's SUV. When the couple drove away from the hotel, Mr. Foster and his associates followed in their vehicle to a convenience store and then to the 2800 block of East Princess Anne Road. Video from nearby surveillance cameras showed the vehicle driven by Mr. Foster pulling up alongside the SUV occupied by the couple. While the video did not clearly show shots being fired, it showed a confrontation between the occupants of the two vehicles and the couple's SUV crashing into a utility pole seconds later.

When Norfolk Police arrived at the scene of the crash, they discovered Ms. Johnson in the front passenger seat of the SUV deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. A medical examiner later determined that Ms. Johnson, hit by four bullets, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives identified Mr. Foster through footage from the convenience store surveillance system. The surveillance video did not enable detectives to identify any other individuals. When questioned, Mr. Foster admitted to driving the car moments before the altercation with the SUV occupants. Mr. Foster did not admit to shooting a gun.

On Jan. 23, 2023, Mr. Foster pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and Judge Tasha D. Scott accepted his plea. On Friday, Judge Scott sentenced Mr. Foster to 10 years in prison, with five years and eight months suspended, conditioned upon 10 years of good behavior, three years of supervised probation upon his release, and no contact with gang members.

If you have information regarding the other individuals involved in this homicide, please call the Norfolk Police Homicide Section at 757-664-7023, contact the CrimeLine, or submit a tip through the P3 Tips app.

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Emily A. Woodley prosecuted Mr. Foster's case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

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