February 6, 2020
Well, the drug dealer did rip him off.
A nigga ain’t gonna let that slide.
A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday to a maximum of 100 years in prison after a guilty plea to second degree murder and a four-count felony guilty verdict was returned by a Berkeley County in a separate case.
Alvin Deshaun Gilbert, 27, also known as Albert D. Gilbert, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a lesser included offense of the indicted first-degree murder charge, in December after fatally shooting 26-year-old Corey Barkhammer on the evening of Feb. 3. Gilbert admitted to the shooting, but also alleged he was defending himself when the victim allegedly pulled a gun on him during a struggle.
However, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney C. Lydia Lehman told the court there was no evidence of a struggle or a gun on the victims person.
Gilbert also told the court he went to the 405 S. Raleigh St. home and forced his way inside to talk to Barkhammer after he had allegedly ripped Gilbert off during a drug transaction. Witnesses told police a male, later identified as Gilbert, arrived at the home and began kicking the front door open before they heard a series of gunshots and Gilbert leaving the area.
While Gilbert admitted to being angry, he alleged he did not have his weapon pulled out when he forced his way into the home. However, he did admit to firing four or five shots during the altercation.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Gilbert was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder charged by 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge Michael Lorensen. The plea also dismissed eight felony drug-related charges indicted with the murder case as well as three felony drug-related charges severed from the robbery trial.
Gilbert was also sentenced Monday on four felony convictions stemming from an October jury trial in connection to the armed robbery of $2,700 from a female on May 6, 2018 at after leaving the 9 East Bar and Grill. The jury returned guilty verdicts of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault during the commission of a felony and use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony.