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Teen pleads guilty in death of Chesterfield convenience store owner

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Trayvon M. Wilhite (Source: NBC12) Trayvon M. Wilhite (Source: NBC12)
Thomas Jennings (Source: Chesterfield police) Thomas Jennings (Source: Chesterfield police)
55-year-old Harshad Patel was shot and killed inside his Chesterfield convenience store in January. (Source: family) 55-year-old Harshad Patel was shot and killed inside his Chesterfield convenience store in January. (Source: family)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A teen charged in connection with the death of a Chesterfield convenience store owner was sentenced to 50 years in prison with all years suspended, according to online court records.

Police say Tyqise Wilhite was charged with principle in the second degree to murder in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to the incident. Wilhite was 14 at the time of the shooting. 

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2016 at The Marketplace in the 6800 block of Walmsley Boulevard.

Patel was found near the ice cream freezer, towards the front of the store, suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and chest, said the victim's wife. The family said he was lying on the floor for at least 20 minutes before a customer found him. His wife said she came to the store Monday night at about 10:30 to pick up her husband. When she arrived, she saw police everywhere and her husband in the ambulance struggling to breathe.

Wilhite's brother, Trayvon M. Wilhite, was also arrested, along with Thomas L. Jennings III.

Police were also looking for a fourth suspect in connection with Patel's death, but there is no word whether if anyone was charged.

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