- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison for a 31-year-old man convicted of killing of a Virginia state trooper.

Local media outlets report that jurors on Wednesday decided against imposing the death penalty that prosecutors had sought for Russell E. Brown III.

Brown’s attorneys hoped to prove during the trial that Brown was insane at the time he killed Master Trooper Junius A. Walker in March 2013. They argued that Brown believed God had directed him to shoot Walker.

Walker was a 35-year veteran of the state police.

Prosecutors said Brown shot him when the trooper stopped Brown’s car on the shoulder of Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie to see if he needed help.

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