RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- An inmate who had been sentenced to death will instead spend life in prison in exchange for admitting guilty in another killing.
A Prince William Circuit Court judge on Thursday approved the deal to spare 30-year-old Joshua Andrews.
Andrews was sentenced to death in 2007 for a shooting spree that left two dead and three injured in Virginia and New York. The Virginia Supreme Court overturned that sentence in 2010 because it said two of his four capital murder convictions constituted double jeopardy. Jurors convicted Andrews of killing more than one person as part of the same act and of killing more than one person within a 3-year period.
In the deal, Andrews pleaded guilty to a 2001 murder for which he had been acquitted in exchange for avoiding death.