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Death sentence imposed for Newport News killing

The killing took place outside an ATM at the Langley Federal Credit Union in the Oyster Point section of Newport News and was designed to look like a robbery gone bad.

In August, the same jury that found Runyon guilty also recommended he get the death penalty. Army soldier and police officer if he had anything to say before she imposed the sentence.

“No, ma’am,” he replied.

Under federal law regarding death cases, Smith had no choice but to impose the jury’s recommendation. Runyon who has never admitted his role in the killing was sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit capital murder; death for murder with wholesale cheap nfl jerseys a firearm in a violent crime; and life for carjacking resulting in death.

With Friday’s sentence, Runyon became only the second man sentenced to death in the federal system in Hampton Roads since Congress reinstated the federal death penalty more than 20 years ago. A man sentenced in Norfolk in 1998 later had his sentence reduced to life.

Prior sentencings in the Voss killing for both the sailor’s wife, Catherina Rose Voss, and her boyfriend, Michael A. Draven featured Smith sharply upbraiding the defendants for the “overwhelmingly vile” crime and the “audacity” of their cover up.

But with Runyon, Smith simply imposed the sentence, with no choice words.

Smith ordered that Runyon’s execution be held between 60 and 90 days from Friday as federal law dictates.

But that would be a realistic time frame only if there were no appeals, which are standard in death cases. It can take years sometimes more than a decade for such appeals to run out.

Smith rejected a request by Runyon’s attorney, Lawrence H. Woodward Jr., to house Runyon “as close as possible” to his parents’ new home in El Paso, Texas. She said Runyon’s location is up to the Bureau of Prisons, which would not be bound by her order anyway.

Woodward declined to comment after the hearing, saying only that the case would be appealed.

Cory Voss, an Ohio native and Newport News resident, was an ensign on the cheap nfl jerseys Norfolk based frigate USS Elrod.

Draven, 29, and Catherina Rose Voss wanted the officer dead so they could be together and collect $500,000 in death benefits. They hired Runyon, a friend Draven knew from medical research studies, to enter Voss’ pickup truck and kill him.

The case was cracked with an wholesale nba jerseys array of evidence, including wire taps, recorded phone calls and a map found in Runyon’s truck that featured scrawled notes about the sailor’s truck and the bank location.

Voss pleaded guilty in late 2008, getting four life terms plus 20 years. Draven, sentenced last month, got three life terms. All three defendants also face a $100,000 judgment for cheap jerseys a payment the Navy made after the sailor’s death.

Voss and Draven blew through that money in a matter of months, according to trial testimony. Prosecutors said Runyon never received the $20,000 contract killing fee.Articles Connexes: