Man Killed After Being Short $3 On Drug Debt, Jury Recommends 63 Years

On Friday, a Hampton Circuit Court jury found J’Quan Malik Vinston, 21, of Newport News, guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy and a gun charge.

Joshua David Williams owed a $20 debt early last year for a rock of crack cocaine.

If he didn’t pay up, he was told more than once, he would be killed.

Williams, 32, tried to come up with the money to pay it back by panhandling outside a Family Dollar, witnesses said.

But a prosecutor said he was only able to come up with $17 — and was still $3 short.