- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The ex-boyfriend of an Altria executive who disappeared four years ago has been convicted of killing her even though her body was never found.

Local media are reporting that a Chesterfield County jury on Friday convicted 56-year-old Michael Anthony Edwards of second-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Leyla Namiranian.

Namiranian was research director at Altria, the owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA. She has been missing since April 2012.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Hogan said in closing arguments that Namiranian was murdered by a jealous former boyfriend she grew to fear after he assaulted her.

Defense attorney Greg Sheldon had argued that the prosecution’s case was built on assumptions without material evidence.

Circuit Judge Steven McCallum sentenced Edwards to 30 years in prison.


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