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Man sentenced for deadly 2019 shooting at Portsmouth bar

Nicholas Moffitt's trial was the first murder jury trial in Portsmouth since the start of the pandemic.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A man has been sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for his role in a deadly shooting at a Portsmouth bar in 2019.

Nicholas Moffitt was convicted earlier this year for first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Prosecutors said Moffitt shot and killed 34-year-old Jermaine Marcus Iriarte early on the morning of March 5, 2019, at the "Cock Island Bar and Grille" on Airline Boulevard.

On Monday, a judge sentenced Moffitt to 43 years in prison.

Moffitt's trial was the first jury murder trial in Portsmouth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.