Man pleads guilty in shooting death of Richmond teen

Man pleads guilty in shooting death of Richmond teen
Rameen Spruill.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The suspect in a fatal shooting of a Richmond teenager has pleaded guilty.

Rameen Spruill pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of robbery.

Spruill was charged in the 2018, shooting death of 19-year-old Andrew Hensley.

While Hensley was the victim of the shooting, he was not the victim in the robbery in which Spruill pleaded guilty. Hensley was initially reported to have been beaten and shot, but the injuries believed to be from a beating were later determined to have resulted from the shooting itself.

Spruill was sentenced to 11 years in prison, which is three years longer than the sentencing guideline of eight years.

Andrew Hensley.
Andrew Hensley.

Police found Hensley in the 5800 block of Willow Oaks Drive around 12:43 a.m. on June 29, 2018. Hensley was taken to the hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound. He died as a result of those injuries on July 13.

At the time of his death, Hensley’s family released a statement saying thanking the medical staff that tending to Hensley and the support they received from members of the community.

The full statement is below:

"Our family has been overwhelmed by the thoughts and prayers not only from Metro Richmond, but from all over the country.  We are a family that believes in the power of prayer. We prayed for the Lord to heal Andrew. He has. Your thoughts and prayers have sustained us for the past 2 1/2 weeks and we are very grateful. We would also like to thank the Drs., nurses and staff of the VCU Neuro CICU. Angels really DO walk among us. Finally, we would like to thank the men and women of the Richmond Police Department, especially Det. Benjamin Neifeld, who have worked relentlessly on the case.

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