News Flash

Commonwealth's Attorney News Releases

Posted on: March 24, 2023

Commonwealth v. Gary D. Toone Jr.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk judge sentenced 23-year-old Gary Dewayne Toone Jr. on Friday to seven active years in prison for voluntary manslaughter following the shooting death of 33-year-old Matthew Scott Philbrick.

The morning of Oct. 14, 2021, Norfolk Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a dead body at the Quality Inn on Premium Outlets Boulevard. Before the shooting, Mr. Philbrick could be seen on security footage roaming around the hotel rolling a suitcase full of clothes. He eventually knocked on the door to Mr. Toone's room. Another individual in Mr. Toone's room opened the door, and Mr. Philbrick asked if anyone knew where the laundry room was located. Multiple individuals in the room, including Mr. Toone, told Mr. Philbrick that they did not know where the laundry room was, then Mr. Toone slammed the door in Mr. Philbrick's face. Mr. Toone then began to walk away from the door when Mr. Philbrick forced the door back open and rushed toward Mr. Toone. Mr. Toone pulled out a firearm and shot Mr. Philbrick, who was unarmed, once in the torso before fleeing with the other individuals who were in the room. Mr. Philbrick was pronounced dead shortly after the medics arrived.

Norfolk Police located Mr. Toone several hours later at a different hotel in Chesapeake, and Mr. Toone eventually confessed to shooting Mr. Philbrick. Mr. Toone pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on June 16, 2022, and Judge Everett A. Martin accepted his plea.

On Friday, Judge Martin sentenced Mr. Toone to 10 years, with three years suspended, for voluntary manslaughter. Mr. Toone's suspended sentence is conditioned upon uniform good behavior while in custody and for 10 years following his release from prison as well as indeterminate supervised probation upon his release.

"Gary Toone may have had the legal right to use non-deadly force, but he had no right to use deadly force to kill," said Commonwealth's Attorney Ramin Fatehi. "What Mr. Toone did is manslaughter, and Mr. Toone has been held accountable for the crime he has committed."

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michelle L. Newkirk led the prosecution of Mr. Toone's case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Please contact Nia Tariq at 757-620-5454 or for more information.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Commonwealth's Attorney News Releases

Commonwealth v. John T. Hardee

Posted on: May 26, 2023

Commonwealth v. Damian Berggren

Posted on: May 24, 2023

Commonwealth v. Tarsha L. Williams

Posted on: May 19, 2023

Commonwealth v. Albert L. Waiters

Posted on: May 12, 2023

Commonwealth v. Breon R. Davis

Posted on: May 5, 2023

Commonwealth v. Jonathan Brownell

Posted on: April 26, 2023

Commonwealth v. Zhari Vaughan

Posted on: April 20, 2023

Commonwealth v. Jessica A. Cherry

Posted on: March 17, 2023

Commonwealth v. Rashad D. Dooley

Posted on: March 17, 2023

Commonwealth v. Lamont S. Smallwood

Posted on: March 16, 2023

Commonwealth v. Dearon E. Mosley

Posted on: February 10, 2023

Commonwealth v. Rashad D. Dooley

Posted on: February 10, 2023

Commonwealth v. Larry L. Taylor Jr.

Posted on: February 9, 2023

Commonwealth v. Michael D. Tinsley

Posted on: February 2, 2023

Commonwealth v. George A. Boyd Sentencing

Posted on: December 20, 2022

Commonwealth v. Avion L. Northan Sentencing

Posted on: September 23, 2022

Commonwealth v. Joseph J. Giles

Posted on: July 26, 2022

U.S. v. Kevin Andrew Staton Jr.

Posted on: July 6, 2022