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Killer gets life sentence in family slayings

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Virginia man who admitted to killing his father and brother and seriously injuring his mother has been sentenced to life in prison.

Circuit Judge Randall Smith handed down two life sentences plus 23 years to 21-year-old Zachary Toothman on Nov. 20, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The sentencing came after Toothman pleaded guilty in June.

Authorities found the defendant’s father, Michael Toothman, and brother, 17-year-old Matthew Toothman, dead. Toothman’s mother, Susie, was wounded and later released from the hospital.

Michael Toothman was a 30-year veteran of the Chesapeake Police Department.

According to a statement of facts filed in court, Zachary Toothman was struggling with grades and relationships at Virginia Tech. He was placed on academic probation and later, a leave of absence, after failing to meet the minimum GPA.

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