Man who killed Chesterfield store clerk to be sentenced Tuesday

Trayvon M. Wilhite (Photo: Chesterfield Police)
Trayvon M. Wilhite (Photo: Chesterfield Police)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The man who shot and killed a convenience store owner will be in court for sentencing Tuesday morning.

Trayvon Wilhite entered an Alford plea for his first-degree murder charge.

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Back in January, 55-year-old Harshad Patel was shot and killed at a convenience store he owned with his wife off of Walmsley Boulevard.

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Surveillance video helped police track down the suspects, including Wilhite, who they told could clearly be seen shooting Patel.

According to court records of a transcribed interview Wilhite did with police, the murder was merely a robbery gone wrong.

55-year-old Harshad Patel
55-year-old Harshad Patel

Wilhite pleaded guilty to his other charges that included attempted robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m.

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