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Louisa man sentenced in Shell station shooting

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Darren Rowe

Darren Rowe

A Louisa man will spend the next 13 years in prison for shooting his former friend and roommate on February 21, 2013 at the Louisa Mini Mart and Shell gas station in the town of Louisa.

Darren Matthew Rowe, 28, pleaded guilty in February to aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Rowe was out on bond pending the results of his hearing today in Louisa Circuit Court.

Rowe and the victim, O’Bryan Johnson, had known each other since their middle school days in the late ‘90s.  The shooting apparently stemmed from a love triangle with Amanda Fitzgerald, whom both men were dating.

Fitzgerald and Rowe testified that Johnson came to Fitzgerald’s apartment that night and damaged Rowe’s car.  At around 11 p.m., the night of the shooting, Rowe searched for and found Johnson at the convenience store. The two men engaged in an altercation during which Rowe shot Johnson, paralyzing him.

“One man will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and another will go to prison,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire said in a press release.

Read the July 10 edition of The Central Virginian for full story