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Man who shot 3 outside Virginia Beach restaurant sentenced to 24 years in prison

Corey Antoine Anderson, 33, was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting three people outside the Vibes restaurant and lounge.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Author’s note: The above video is archived from November 2019, just after officers arrested Corey Anderson.

A Norfolk man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting three people outside a restaurant.

Corey Antoine Anderson, 33, was convicted of maliciously aggravated wounding, malicious wounding, unlawful wounding and two counts of using a firearm.

Macie Allen, spokeswoman for Commonwealth of Virginia Beach Attorney Colin Stolle, said the case dated back to Nov. 3, 2019.

Allen said early that morning Anderson went to Vibes Restaurant and Lounge on North Great Neck Road near Lynnhaven. He was playing loud music, so restaurant workers and visitors asked him to turn it down, and this argument turned into a physical fight.

Security officers broke up the fight, but Anderson pulled a gun from his vehicle and fired it into a crowd standing in the parking lot, Allen said.

A police officer was nearby and rushed to the scene when she heard gunshots. Bullets hit a man in the abdomen, another in the leg and a woman in the back. All the victims went to the hospital and survived.

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Initially, when Anderson was arrested at his home, he told officers he had not shot anyone.

He pleaded guilty to the charges on June 9, 2021.

The judge in the Anderson case, Steven Frucci, gave him a higher sentence than the recommended sentence, which would have been 20 years.

Anderson was sentenced to 63 years in prison with 39 years suspended, leaving 24 years to serve. Suspended sentences are usually overturned by judges if the convicted persons meet certain conditions.