The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Q Ball nightclub shooter faces 40 years in prison
The man accused of shooting and killing a security guard outside of the Q Ball Cafe in Spotsylvania County pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday.
Chauncey Cartier “Fresh” Lampkin, 28, of Gainesville, Fla., faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in Spotsylvania Circuit Court on Jan. 27. A two-day jury trial had been scheduled to begin that day.
Judge David Beck accepted Lampkin’s pleas of guilty as part of a plea agreement.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and shooting from a vehicle. In exchange, four other charges were dropped, and his sentence cannot exceed 40 years.
“I am glad that he pleaded guilty, and I forgive him,” said Shirley Greene, mother of security guard Marcellus “Bull” Greene of Culpeper. “But I will never forget how my son died.”
According to the plea agreement, an altercation began between Lampkin and a group of men referred to as Hustle Nation at the Q Ball Cafe nightclub on March 30. The altercation began after hand signs were exchanged back and forth, the agreement said.
Lampkin was asked to leave the club around 12:45 a.m., but returned.
A fight later ensued in the parking lot in front of the Bragg Road nightspot and was broken up by club employees, according to the agreement.
Shortly after that, the agreement said, Lampkin pointed a handgun from the passenger window of a passing vehicle and fired shots in the air before fleeing.
One of the shots struck and killed 45-year-old Greene, who was standing in front of the club’s main entrance.
Lavon Antonio Chew, accused of being the getaway driver, was arrested the same day, and a nearly monthlong nationwide search was launched for Lampkin.
He was arrested in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on April 27 after two plainclothes officers in the city west of the Bronx noticed a group of five men drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in a park near a topless bar, Mount Vernon police said.
Lampkin, who reportedly tried to flee on foot when the officers approached, was apprehended about two blocks away. Officers said they found nine bags of marijuana on him.
He faced four misdemeanor charges in Mount Vernon, but was held without bond when authorities realized he was a fugitive from Spotsylvania.
Both Lampkin and Chew are being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Mehaffey, Chew is still scheduled to stand trial for charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy. His Jan. 27 court date is likely to be rescheduled, Mehaffey said.
The Greene family was satisfied with the plea agreement, mainly because Lampkin accepted responsibility for their loved one’s death, said Shirley Greene. But not having him around is taking its toll.
“I’m still hurting inside,” his mother said. “I have to sit and think about not having him over the holidays. I waited for him to call me on my birthday. That tore me apart. But I just thank God that I had him for 45 years.”
Bull Greene’s younger brother, Stephen Greene, said while he is dealing with the loss of his big brother, he knows the Lampkin family is dealing with a loss as well. At one point, Lampkin told the judge he’d attended two years of junior college.
“Two mothers are losing a son,” Stephen Greene said. “It hurt me when [Lampkin] said he had two years of college. I’m hurt, but I forgive them. I just wish my brother wasn’t there that day.”
A group of Lampkin’s supporters were advised by an attorney not to talk to the media, but one gentleman did say he was sorry that someone had to die.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419