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Suspended time for Harlow on reduced charges

SoVaNow.com / August 02, 2021
Andrew James Harlow of Halifax, who was initially charged with two felony counts of accessory to murder in the December 2019 shooting deaths of two brothers at a South Boston vape shop, received a suspended jail sentence on lesser charges at a July 19 court hearing.

Harlow, a 2019 graduate of Halifax County High School and standout pitcher on the Comet baseball team, appeared in General District Court to face punishment on reduced misdemeanor charges of being an accessory after the fact in the Dec. 7, 2019 slayings of Devonte Powell, 20, and Tevin Powell, 17.

General District Judge Darrell Puckett sentenced Harlow to 12 months in jail on the two charges, but suspended all active time on the condition that he complete 12 months of supervised probation.

Harlow, who had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors, was 18 years old at the time of the fatal shootings of Devonte and Tevin Powell.

According to police, he had accompanied the gunman, Amir Spencer, to the scene at South Boston Tobacco & Vape and drove away with Spencer after the shootings. Both Spencer and Harlow later turned themselves into authorities.

Spencer was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the shootings — guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter — but all but eight years of his prison time was suspended, after defense counsel presented evidence that the Powell brothers had approached Spencer brandishing a firearm and threatening to fight.

Spencer was 17 years old at the time of the shooting.

Following Harlow’s arrest on Dec. 9, 2019, he was released from jail to await trial. Later, the charges against him were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors and in early 2021, Circuit Judge Kimberly S. White transferred the case to Halifax County General District Court.

Harlow was convicted of two Class 1 misdemeanors, which under Virginia law carry a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and fines of $2,500. He was not fined by Puckett but was ordered to pay court costs of $162, according to court records.

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