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Accomack County Man Convicted of 2014 Murder

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Michael Press, convicted of murdering Leon Harmon (Photo: Accomack County Sheriff's Office) Michael Press, convicted of murdering Leon Harmon (Photo: Accomack County Sheriff's Office)
Former Accomack County bus driver and murder victim Leon Harmon (Photo: Obitsforlife.com) Former Accomack County bus driver and murder victim Leon Harmon (Photo: Obitsforlife.com)

HORNTOWN, Va.- Michael Press of Horntown has been found guilty of first-degree murder in Accomack County.  Press murdered Leon Harmon, also of Horntown, back in November of 2014.

A jury handed down Press' conviction on Wednesday evening.  He was arrested on Nov. 8, 2014 after Harmon's body was discovered by police.  The news of Harmon's murder sent shock waves through the small Accomack County town.

"It was a shock.  It was like why did that happen?  Like, why make a person do something like that?" said Dorothy Payton, a neighbor of Harmon's in Horntown.

Harmon's body was found by police inside his pickup truck parked outside of his Horntown home on Cold Kall Lane.  Police said Harmon's body was badly beaten.  Harmon was a school bus driver for Accomack County schools. Former students who rode his bus had nothing but nice things to say about him.

"Mr. Leon was a nice bus driver.  He was my first bus driver when I was first going to school," said Alicia Towsend of Horntown.  "He was a nice man, he socialized with everybody."

Press' trial began on Tuesday and the jury finished up their deliberations Wednesday evening.  Press now faces anywhere from 20 years to life behind bars.

"It's just crazy because Mike is my cousin.  He's my cousin. So, he's not all there together but he deserved what he got. He deserves to get life in prison," Towsend told WBOC on Thursday.

A pre-sentence report is being completed in Accomack County and according to online Virginia Court records, Press will be formally sentenced on June 6 at 3 p.m. in Accomack County court.

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