VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach security guard was sentenced Monday for killing a man in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in 2011.
According to Macie Pridgen with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, 30-year-old Lester Ray Belmar, Jr. was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley on charges of second degree murder, malicious wounding, and two counts of use of a firearm. Belmar was sentenced to 28 years in prison -- 13 suspended, 15 to serve.
Belmar was found guilty by Shockley in October 2012 after a two-day trial regarding an incident outside a 7-Eleven convenience store May 20, 2011
Belmar worked as a security guard with a company that was hired to work at club Hangar 9 in the 300 block of Lynnhaven Parkway that evening. When the club closed down that evening, patrons and security guards went to a nearby 7-Eleven, where several fights broke out.
Pepper-spray was used to break up the crowd in the parking lot, even though Belmar's company was not asked to serve at 7-Eleven. Darrel Spencer, the victim in the case, and two other men had continued an altercation that started inside the club to the parking lot.
Someone reportedly fired shots from a car leaving the 7-Eleven parking lot. Spencer returned fire once, striking the driver of a car not involved in the dispute with him.
Belmar then fired two shots at Spencer, one in the back of his head, killing him instantly. Belmar told police he did not know whether Spencer was armed or not, and in court testified he would not have known what Spencer would have done with a gun even if he had one.
Belmar's defense claimed he was justified in shooting Spencer to protect others in the parking lot.
Later, Belmar admitted he intended to kill Spencer, and the Commonwealth argued Spencer was about to get back into his car when he was shot by Belmar.
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