Zimmerman Sentenced to Maximum

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 19, 2006

A family is finding some closure tonight as the man accused of murdering their husband and father is sentenced to the maximum.

Joshua Lee Zimmerman will spend 15 years behind bars for stabbing Artis Wayne Keyton to death outside the B&R Market in Charlottesville last year.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and today's sentence was the maximum allowed under the plea agreement.

“The commonwealth's perspective, [we] think is a fair and appropriate sentence given the circumstances of what happened that evening. It’s obviously a sad day for the Keytons. They have lost a father [and] a grandfather,” said Assistant Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Huber.

Zimmerman's family left the court room in tears. The defense had asked for a sentence of five years.

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