Lawyer Says Coffee Addiction, Steroids Caused Va. Slaying

June 3, 2010

The lawyer for a Franklin County man who admitted killing his wife says the defendant's steroid abuse and coffee addiction contributed to the slaying.

Philip Kingery pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife Rose. He also pleaded guilty to use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Defense attorney Tony Anderson said Kingery had "diminished capacity" at the time of the slaying last year because of steroid abuse and an addiction to coffee, particularly Starbucks coffee.

Judge William Alexander sentenced the 48-year-old Kingery to 40 years in prison on the murder charge but suspended 18 years. Kingery received a three-year sentence on the firearm charge.

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