Va. man pleads guilty in ‘sad and extraordinarily unusual’ mistaken-identity revenge shooting

A Norfolk, Virginia, guy has pleaded responsible for his part in an attempted revenge killing carried out by his longtime husband or wife who disguised herself as a UPS driver and shot a D.C. lady she mistakenly considered was accountable for her son’s murder.

A Norfolk, Virginia, male has pleaded guilty for his position in an tried revenge killing carried out by his longtime husband or wife, who disguised herself as a UPS driver and shot a D.C. lady she mistakenly thought was dependable for her son’s murder.

John Nelson McQuillen, 65, pleaded responsible Friday in D.C. Top-quality Courtroom to accent right after the reality to assault with intent to kill. Sentencing is set for June 24. He faces a maximum of 7 and 1/2 years in jail.

Previous November, McQuillen and his companion, Tommie Lynn Dunmire, drove from Norfolk to the D.C. woman’s Kingman Park house, wherever, prosecutors stated, Dunmire donned a brown vest and baseball cap and carried a cardboard box to the woman’s entrance door, knocking and saying herself as a UPS shipping and delivery driver.

When the girl opened the door, Dunmire fired two shots from a silver revolver she was keeping inside of of an opening reduce in the back of the box.

Dunmire and McQuillen then took off in a Honda Pilot SUV, authorities mentioned, and McQuillen assisted alter the license plates on their auto in an apparent endeavor to evade police.

When D.C. police stopped their car quickly after in the 1400 block of Florida Avenue Northeast, Dunmire shot herself in the head. She died in a healthcare facility two months later on.

The lady Dunmire shot — who authorities stated had practically nothing to do with the death of Dunmire’s son — was struck 2 times in the stomach but survived.

The bizarre collection of situations was an obvious situation of mistaken identification.



‘I experienced to travel her’

McQuillen and Dunmire had an grownup son, Matthew Dunmire, who was shot to demise in a character maintain in Cleveland, Ohio, around where he lived, in March 2021. McQuillen later on told police he and Dunmire have been pissed off and growing impatient with the investigation into their son’s dying, and that Dunmire started conducting her possess investigation.

As she ongoing her “research,” McQuillen informed law enforcement Dunmire’s psychological state commenced deteriorating and she expressed rage and a motivation to confront — and to kill — the lady she thought was accountable for the murder.

At very first, McQuillen denied to police that he realized what Dunmire was setting up to do, and considered it was all discuss. He instructed authorities he “didn’t know what she was likely to do but I had to push her. I experienced to go with her.”

McQuillen, who was arrested in Virginia final month and taken to D.C., remains detained right until sentencing.

His legal professional, Jamison Koehler, had requested McQuillen be released until finally sentencing, creating in a submitting that the accusations towards McQuillen are “based mostly not on what he did (he was not billed with shooting or conspiring to shoot the complainant) but on what he did not do” — promptly contact law enforcement immediately after the taking pictures and flip Dunmire in.

The protection lawyer claimed McQuillen has no history of violent crime and referred to as the conditions of the shooting “a unfortunate and terribly uncommon system of situations — the murder of his son and the suicide of his longtime companion in his presence — that would be difficult to repeat.”

As it turned out, the FBI created an arrest in the killing of Dunmire and McQuillen’s son, Matthew, 1 thirty day period following Dunmire took her have life.

The suspect in that killing is 31-year-aged Chelsea Perkins, who has an handle in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been charged with very first-diploma murder, 2nd-degree murder and discharging a firearm all through and in relation to a criminal offense of violence.

Prosecutors say in federal court docket filings that Perkins, a previous U.S. Coast Guard member and mom of two young youngsters, accused Matthew Dunmire of rape in 2017. A month prior to he was shot to demise, she messaged a pal on Facebook hinting about seemingly obtaining revenge.

According to court filings, she wrote to a mate, “How … does he reside with himself” and “He will get his someday.”

Perkins has pleaded not guilty.