February 23, 2005
After long deliberations a jury found a former UVa student guilty of shooting a football player. The jury sentenced Aaron Robinson to the minimum sentence of 5 years for malicious wounding and another three years for use of a fire arm in that crime. Those sentences would be served consecutively.
Aaron Robinson, a former engineer major at the University of Virginia was suspended after the shooting that injured former UVa defensive back and Baltimore Raven, Jamaine Winborne.
The incident occurred April 28, 2004. It began at a cookout on the evening of April 27, at Faulkner Residence Hall where Robinson disputedly told football players that he had a gun and would use it if they hurt his friends. Ten days earlier, some football players allegedly beat up some of Robinson's friends.
After the cookout, the men went to a party at Sigma Nu where Winborne confronted Robinson about having a gun. Winborne said he choked Robinson during the confrontation. Robinson went back to his room in Hench Dormitory, a building in the Faulkner Residence Hall. The football players said they went back to Hench as well for an after-party.
The shooting happened at Hench, about twenty minutes after the choking. Winborne said he heard about some commotion in the parking lot, went to check it out and found Robinson. Winborne said he confronted Robinson again about having a gun. He testified that Robinson then backed away and pulled out a gun. The football player stated that he turned to run away and heard two shots fired. One shot hit him in the leg.
The defense said the football players went to Hench looking for a fight, not an after-party. The defense said Winborne knocked on Robinson's door. When Robinson came out, Winborne charged at him and shoved him. The defense said Robinson then fired his gun to scare Winborne, not injure him, and that it was an act of self-defense.
Robinson did not testify.
The judge maintained that it would have been self defense if Robinson had stayed inside the apartment, rather than come through the door with a gun. The judge said that by going through that door, he knew what he was getting himself into. He said he believed both parties were at fault.
Robinson remains free on bond until a judge's final sentencing on April 26th. At that time the judge can impose the sentence by the jury or a lesser sentence.