A Navy veteran used crack and went on a bender. It ended when he beat a victim to death with a dumbbell.
The former vet now faces decades behind bars.
Recently, Jason Jablonski pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter during an appearance in a Virginia court, according to WAVY. He will be sentenced at a later date and faces years behind bars.
Jablonski pleaded for his role in the death of 45-year-old Herbert Bryant in March 2022.
Police were called to a home in the Virginia Beach area where they found Bryant dead. Investigators said Jablonski was on a “crack bender” and got into a fight with the victim inside the home, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
During the fight, Jablonski hit Bryant in the face with a dumbbell and then pushed it down on his neck until he died, according to the report.
There was no word on what led to the fight.
Heather Totty — who was also charged in connection to the case — was present for the fight and helped drag the victim’s body outside the home, according to the report. She then tried to clean up the residence before police were called.
Jablonski was a 12-year veteran of the Navy when the killing happened.
A neighbor told WAVY shortly after the incident that they never had a problem with the vet.
“I never saw him violent, no drugs, and I saw him most times out in the street with his children playing.” Tyrone Hall told the station at the time.
Fellow neighbor, Doug Harrison, agreed and said it didn’t fit the person he knew. He recounted how Jablonski had helped him after his car got vandalized, according to WAVY.
“I am almost speechless. I can’t believe it. It doesn’t sound like him at all. I wouldn’t have believed it if it wasn’t you telling me this… I can’t believe he did something like that. I had sympathy for the guy who lost his life, but I just can’t believe he did that,” Harrison said.