By Ted Shockley


An Accomack County jury on Friday afternoon recommended five decades in prison for an incarcerated area man who used a jailhouse telephone to solicit people to kill a narcotics informant whose work led to his arrest. Evron Terrell Strand, 42, of Accomac, was found guilty of numerous charges in the Halloween Night, 2017, shooting of Nathaniel Johnson, a confidential informant with the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. A second victim was shot in the incident, and both survived.

He was convicted of soliciting murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder and other charges in the shooting.

Later in the afternoon the jury recommended to Circuit Judge W. Revell Lewis Jr. that he be sentenced to 50 years in prison for the crimes.

Strand will be formally sentenced later this year. The jury also recommended a monetary fine.

The conviction and sentencing was a hard-won victory for Accomack County Commonwealth’s Attorney J. Spencer Morgan III, who won election to the post in 2016 after the retirement of longtime prosecutor Gary Agar.

The trial lasted for four days. Critical evidence against Strand included a series of phone calls from jail in which he solicited people to kill Johnson.

Johnson was shot in Little Boston, between Craddockville and Pungoteague in southwestern Accomack County.