Wanda Turner Sentenced to 18 years for Second-Degree Murder
Feb 20, 2014 03:42 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
A woman found guilty of beating a man to death will spend a total of 18 and a half years behind bars. A Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge sentenced Wanda Turner Thursday.
Turner calmly told the judge she was sorry and took responsibility for killing Robert Snead. The judge accepted the jury's recommendation of 18 years and six months in prison for second-degree murder and other crimes related to the use of Snead's credit cards.
During the sentencing hearing, the commonwealth's attorney stressed the violent nature of Snead's death. Snead died after being hit 28 times with a sharp object and another 26 times with a blunt one.
Turner left the same fight with one cut on her finger. Turner claimed Snead attacked her first and she killed him in self-defense.
Turner's attorney, Dean Lhospital, said he believes race had a role.
“It is not a criticism of the 12 people sitting in the box on that day; it is the way the system treats people. Wanda had been involved in the system for a long time,” Lhospital said.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Killeen disagrees.
“This was a jury that was representative of the community. As the court noted in the court's comments on that issue there were at least two African-American members of the jury,” Killeen said.
Turner's attorney asked the court to sentence her for 10 years, eight and a half less than what the jury recommended and the judge ruled.
Now because of the time Turner has already served, she has 14 years left on her sentence. She will be about 64 when she is released.
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