Va. Teen Sentenced in Drug-Related Slayings

June 10, 2010

A Martinsville man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with the drug-related fatal shootings of three men in Collinsville.

Nineteen-year-old Carl Turner had pleaded guilty in March to two murder counts and other charges. Prosecutors and the defense agreed that the third victim was shot while he and Turner struggled.

The men's bodies were found in a mobile home in June 2008.

Turner said during Wednesday's hearing in Henry County Circuit Court that he shot the men because he feared for his life.

Judge David V. Williams sentenced Turner to a total 105 years in prison, and then suspended all but 40 years.

Three co-defendants pleaded guilty last year to drugs and firearms charges.

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