Newport News Sgt. convicted of voluntary manslaughter for 2019 fatal shooting
A Newport News Police Department Sergeant has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in connection with a December 2019 fatal shooting.
Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Albin Pearson was found guilty by a jury of voluntary manslaughter for the killing of Henry Kistler Berry III, a 43-year-old white man of Newport News.
This is a reduced charge as he was initially charged with second-degree murder.
Sergeant Pearson and another officer, Dwight Pitterson were involved in the shooting of Berry back in 2019 after a struggle involving a taser.
Pitterson was acquitted of all charges in connection with this incident in September 2021.
Pearson's sentencing is scheduled for December 9. Voluntary manslaughter is a class five felony punishable by one to ten years in prison.