Former Va. Principal Sentenced to Life for Killing Wife

January 26, 2011

A former Chesapeake high school administrator convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife has been sentenced to life in prison.

Media outlets report that 40-year-old Wesley Earnest also received three years on a weapons charge at his sentencing Tuesday in Amherst County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Earnest fatally shot his estranged wife, Jocelyn, in 2007, at her Forest home.

Earnest was first convicted last April but a judge later declared a mistrial. He was convicted again last November in a retrial held in Amherst County with jurors chosen from Nelson County.

Jocelyn Earnest graduated from West Virginia University and was a member of the Mountaineer women's basketball team.

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