Davis faces 40 years in 2022 murder

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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A Suffolk man entered guilty pleas on six felonies, including second degree murder, in an agreement with the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office Friday, Sept. 1.

30-year-old Preston Otis Davis IV of Suffolk pleaded guilty in the murder of Calab Pittman to additional felonies that include malicious wounding, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the agreement filed in Suffolk Circuit Court by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ed Ferriera.

The malicious wounding charge was the result of Davis inflicting injuries on victim Amber Salmon “with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill” her during the Sept. 4, 2022 incident, according to the indictment.

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Pittman was found between buildings in the 300 block of South Saratoga Street Sept. 3, 2022 when police received reports of a shooting in the area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As part of the agreement, Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office dropped six felony charges and five misdemeanor charges. Under the agreement, Davis faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Davis was indicted in the Pittman murder by the Suffolk Circuit Court Grand Jury March 27.

“The court shall order a victim impact statement in this matter,” the agreement stated. Sentencing is set for Jan. 12, 2024, which is when the results of the impact statement will be considered by the judge.

As part of the plea agreement, Davis agrees he cannot withdraw his guilty pleas and he gives up his right to request any reconsideration of the sentence the judge sets in his case.

“The defendant has entered into this agreement freely and voluntary,” the agreement signed by Davis states. Ferreria said he and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Almetia Hardman prosecuted the case.

Davis is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, according to its Jail Tracker website. The page shows he was booked there at 12:18 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8.