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Posted on: December 20, 2022

Commonwealth v. George A. Boyd Sentencing

NORFOLK, Va. – George Antonio Boyd, 59, was sentenced on Friday to 38 active years in prison for shooting a mother and son during a domestic dispute in 2019. Mr. Boyd murdered Rasaun Nyje Davidson, 18, in front of Mr. Davidson’s mother Khalana Smith, just before also shooting and permanently disabling her.

On the night of Oct. 7, 2019, Mr. Boyd and Ms. Smith, were arguing in their shared house on the 600 block of Mariners Way. One of Ms. Smith’s young daughters witnessing the argument called her father and asked him to come to the couple’s house to help her mother and siblings leave without further conflict. The father soon arrived with his and Ms. Smith’s shared son, Mr. Davidson. Mr. Davidson ran upstairs to confront Mr. Boyd. The father went upstairs to retrieve Mr. Davidson and then began assembling everyone outside in the front lawn. Meanwhile, Mr. Boyd armed himself with a handgun from an upstairs closet and loaded it.

Mr. Davidson was in the front doorway exiting the house when Mr. Boyd shot him once in the back of the head from the staircase, killing him instantly. Horrified, Ms. Smith began yelling at Mr. Boyd. Mr. Boyd proceeded outside and shot Ms. Smith in the neck.

Mr. Boyd continued pointing the firearm in the direction of the father and daughters outside. The father encouraged Mr. Boyd to shoot him next, distracting Mr. Boyd from the girls and leading him away from the house. Officers arrived shortly thereafter and commanded Mr. Boyd to drop his weapon and lay on the ground. He complied and was taken into custody.

Ms. Smith was made quadriplegic from the shooting and will require round-the-clock care for the remainder of her life.

On June 24, 2022, Mr. Boyd pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, the use of a firearm in the commission of both crimes, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Mr. Boyd was convicted in Portsmouth of felony possession of cocaine in 1985, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm.

On Friday, Dec. 16, Judge Michelle J. Atkins sentenced Mr. Boyd to serve 38 active years in prison. The details of Mr. Boyd’s sentence include 40 years, with 20 years suspended, for murder; 30 years, with 20 suspended, for aggravated malicious wounding; three and five years for both use of firearm charges; and five years suspended for firearm possession. Mr. Boyd’s suspended sentences are conditioned upon five years of supervised probation and 20 years of uniform good behavior upon his release from prison.

"Mr. Boyd killed a teenager for taking up for his mother. Mr. Boyd put that mother in a wheelchair. Because of his heinous crimes, Mr. Boyd will likely spend the rest of his life in prison," said Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi. "Gun violence has no place in Norfolk, and we will continue to work to hold accountable the people who maim and kill our citizens."

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordon C. Ufkes prosecuted Mr. Boyd’s case on behalf of the Commonwealth.


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