ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of multiple charges — including murder — following an early morning “street brawl” in southwest Roanoke that turned into a shooting in September 2020.

According to the Roanoke Police Department, at approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2020, officers responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Bridge Street SW.

First responders brought a man to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds following the shooting, but on Sept. 14, 2020, that man died from his injuries, officials say.

According to the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, cell phone footage and eye-witness testimony revealed that the man who died — identified as 35-year-old Derrick Lamar Bostic — was shot in the head, pelvis, and shoulder with a semi-automatic pistol by Ahmad Halim Mubdi of Roanoke, who was arrested without incident shortly after the incident.

More than 17 months later , on Feb. 23, a jury found Mubdi guilty of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the deadly shooting.

“These convictions were the culmination of a two day trial which detailed events at the First Down Lounge on September 12, 2021 when a street brawl broke out as the bar was closing,” the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney said.

Then, on Thursday, May 26, Roanoke City Circuit Court Judge David B. Carson sentenced Mubdi to a life imprisonment plus 10 years for the following charges:

  • A life sentence for felony first-degree murder
  • Five years for felony use of a firearm in the commission of murder
  • Five years for felony possession of a firearm as a convicted violent felon

The Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Roanoke City Police Department for their professional investigation of this case and for their continuing efforts to keep our city safe.

Statement released on May 27, 2022 by the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office