- Associated Press - Thursday, October 11, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond man is set to serve 36 years in prison for the capital murder of a Virginia State Police special agent.

News outlets report that 28-year-old Travis Ball was sentenced Thursday in the fatal shooting of Trooper Michael Walter. The judge gave him a life sentence, suspended after 36 years.

Walter was shot in May 2017 when he and a Richmond police officer approached a car while on patrol. Police said Ball was a passenger in the car, fired a shot and ran. He was arrested shortly after Walter died.

Walter last month entered an Alford plea to one count of capital murder. Prosecutors said then that he would no longer face the death penalty.

An Alford plea acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict without admitting guilt.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide