Lafferty and Pouncey take plea deals for murder of Kamau Imani

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (April 12, 2019):

Friday morning, Shane Pouncey and Luis Lafferty appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court to take plea agreements for their roles in the shooting and killing of Kamau Imani in 2017.

Pouncey was found guilty of robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with seven years suspended.

Lafferty was found guilty of first degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.

Both men were offered a plea agreement due to their help with working with police to arrest Omeldo Alberto Pena Pinedo, who investigators said was the one who fired the shot that hit Imani in the neck.

Imani's mother, Melinda, played a role in the sentence handed down as part of the plea agreement, and gave a statement during Pouncey's hearing.

"In addition to my agreement, I know Shane personally," Imani said. "I know in my heart that he didn't intend to murder my son."

Imani gave no statement in Lafferty's hearing.

Last month, Pinedo was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder for the shooting and killing of Kamau Imani.

According to testimony in Pinedo's case, Kamau Imani was in a car with Tiffany Bowman, who had stolen about $5,000 from Luis Lafferty, in October of 2017.

In an effort to get the money back, Lafferty said Shane Pouncey set up a drug deal with Bowman. At the time of that planned deal, Lafferty and Pinedo approached the car with guns, yelling about the money, and Pinedo fired a shot that hit Imani in the neck.

Imani was rushed to the hospital, but remained in a vegetative state for seven months as his family sought other treatments before he died in May of 2018.

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UPDATE (April 5, 2019):

Last month, Omeldo Alberto Pena Pinedo was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder for the shooting and killing of Kamau Imani

Pinedo was found to be the one responsible for shooting Kamau Imani in the neck during an incident at the Hunters Ridge apartment complex in October of 2017.

The other two suspects involved in this case, Shane Pouncey and Luis Lafferty, appeared in court on Friday.

Pouncey and Lafferty were both accused of robbery and first-degree murder of Kamau Imani.

According to testimony in Pinedo's case, Kamau Imani was in a car with Tiffany Bowman, who had stolen about $5,000 from Luis Lafferty.

In an effort to get the money back, Lafferty said Shane Pouncey set up a drug deal with Bowman. At the time of that planned deal, Lafferty and Pinedo approached the car with guns, yelling about the money, and Pinedo fired a shot that hit Imani in the neck.

Imani was rushed to the hospital, but remained in a vegetative state for seven months as his family sought other treatments before dying in May of 2018.

Pouncey and Lafferty testified in court against Pinedo, saying they saw him pull the trigger and fire the shot that killed Imani. But they remain charged with murder as well.

Both Pouncey and Lafferty's cases were rescheduled for Apr.12 at 8:30 a.m. in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

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ORIGINAL STORY (Dec. 7, 2018):

On Thursday, a jury found Omeldo Alberto Pena Pinedo, 26, guilty of first-degree murder and recommended he spend life in prison.

Pinedo was convicted of robbing and shooting 18-year-old Kamau Imani at the Hunters Ridge Apartments last October.

The two other suspects in this case, Shane Pouncey and Luis Alberto Pinedo Lafferty, who were arrested at the scene, still stand charged with first-degree murder despite Pinedo's conviction.

In court, they testified against Pinedo, saying they saw him pull the trigger and fire the shot that killed Imani. A defense attorney in Harrisonburg says Pouncey and Lafferty could get a deal from the Commonwealth's Attorney for testifying as a witness for the prosecution.

With such a deal, Pouncey and Lafferty could be charged as an accessory in the murder instead.

According to court testimony in Pinedo's case, the three of them approached a car at the Hunters Ridge Apartments in October of 2017, after Tiffany Bowman had taken $5,000 from Lafferty. Kamau Imani was in the car with Bowman.

As Pineo, Lafferty, and Pouncey neared the vehicle, where Pouncey had set up plans for a drug deal to get the money back, Pinedo fired a shot that hit Imani in the neck, leaving him in a vegetative state until his death seven months later.

In addition to first-degree murder, Lafferty is charged with two counts of robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and use of a firearm in a felony. Pouncey is also charged with robbery and the use of a firearm in a felony.

The cases have been continued until March 5, 2019.