Shooting

Two county residents are died following shootings in December 2019 at 3601 Old Halifax Road in South Boston. One of the victims, identified as 20-year-old Davonte Shamar Powell of Halifax County, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Redd said. The second victim, a 17-year-old juvenile resident of Halifax County was transported by the Halifax County Rescue Squad to the helipad where he was transported by helicopter to Duke Hospital. He later died from injuries consistent with a gunshot wound to the neck.

A Nathalie man was sentenced Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to eight years in jail for the December 2019 killing of brothers, 20-year-old Davonte Shamar Powell and his 17-year-old brother Tevin Powell, after pleading guilty.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin said 19-year-old Amir Akill Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

The courts also nol prossed two felony charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Spencer to 20 years in jail, but suspended all but eight years.

She also ordered two years of supervised probation upon his release, ordered Spencer to have no social media and ordered Spencer to remain free of marijuana.

A grand jury indicted Spencer in March of 2020 for the shootings that claimed the lives of two brothers outside the South Boston Tobacco & Vape Shop.

The grand jury in Halifax County Circuit Court returned a true bill against Spencer on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of the murders.

Spencer was 17 at the time of the shootings that took the lives of 20-year-old Davonte Powell and his 17-year-old brother Tevin Powell.

Davonte died at the scene. Tevin was transported by helicopter to Duke Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Spencer eventually turned himself in at the South Boston Police Department and was transported to the juvenile detention facility.

Another suspect, 18-year-old Andrew Harlow of Halifax, faces two counts of accessory to the fact to second-degree murder.