LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – In a Lynchburg courtroom, Rodney O’Shawn Spinner, II entered guilty please to the charges of First Degree Murder of Jamale Deshawn Pannell and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Murder. In accordance with a plea agreement, Spinner was sentenced to 60 years with 33 years suspended on the First Degree Murder charge and the Use of a Firearm charge as well as three years of mandatory minimum time. His total sentence was 63 years with 33 years suspended.
The charges stemmed from the events of April 9, 2018 when Lynchburg Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Harrison and Sixth Streets. Upon arrival, they found Jamale Pannell was shot five times and was unresponsive. Pannell was pronounced dead at the scene. K-9 units ultimately found Spinner hiding under a stairway about two blocks from the scene. Officers discovered a loaded forty caliber pistol, marijuana and $600 cash near where Spinner was located.
In addition to Spinner’s active term of imprisonment, he must complete 5 years of supervised probation and 40 years of good behavior upon his release.