LEESBURG, Va. (AP)- A northern Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison in the killing of a 30-year-old man found shot dead with five bullet wounds.
Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Blaine Williams of Leesburg was sentenced Thursday in Loudoun County Circuit Court stemming from his June murder conviction. In affirming a life sentence recommended by the jury, Judge Thomas Horne cited the "sheer brutality" of the crime.
On Dec. 27, 2012, prosecutors say Williams got into the parked car of 30-year-old Jovaughn Johnson of Sterling and shot him five times. His body was found several hours later. Williams was arrested after fleeing to Delaware and then to Colonial Beach, Virginia.
Members of Johnson's family testified Thursday that their lives will never be the same and that society needed to be protected from Williams.