Teen gets 3 years for carjacking of Accomack official

ACCOMAC, Va. (Delmarva Now) -- A man who carjacked an Accomack County supervisor at gunpoint will spend three years in prison and then enter a juvenile offender program for up to four years.

Dontrail Johnson, 19, of Melfa, who had pleaded guilty to carjacking and other charges in February, was sentenced in an Accomack County court this week.

Johnson, who had just turned 18, and a 15-year-old juvenile approached a parked car with Accomack County Supervisor C. Reneta Major inside in August last year, according court testimony.

Both displayed weapons and took her car.

A shot was fired into the car with Major still inside. They also took Major's county-issued iPad.

The guns were BB guns, Accomack Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan said during Johnson’s court appearance in February.

At sentencing, Morgan said Johnson recognized the seriousness of what he did. He asked that the defendant be considered for the state’s youthful offender program, adding this was the best option for him to “be fixed and have a chance at life.”

Morgan noted that Johnson’s 17-year-old co-defendant already had a significant criminal history. 

Johnson was also convicted of taking a Broadwater Academy bus and vandalizing it a few days before the carjacking. He and several other young men took the bus and abandoned it at another location. Johnson was the driver of the bus some of the time, Morgan said at the trial. 

Defense attorney Paul Watson said the youthful offender program was “made for people like him.” 

On the witness stand, Johnson told the court he went to Nandua High School where he was set to graduate this year, and spoke to former fellow basketball team members about making good choices. He went at the request of his former coach, he said. 

“I wish it never happened. I wish it didn’t happen to that woman, Ms. Major. I’m pretty sure she was scared,” he told the court.

“This is a very, very serious situation,” said Judge W. Revell Lewis III. “This is very disturbing, Mr. Johnson. You made a terrible mistake here.”

He sentenced him to three years for the use of a firearm in the robbery and then to the youthful offender program after he completes his time in prison.

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