Monday, June 13, 2011

Landlord Murderer Only Gets 17 Years, NOT THE DEATH PENALTY AS SHE SHOULD HAVE


Photo by Roanoke Times

Woman gets 17 years in killing of landlord

A Roanoke woman was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday for beating her 80-year-old landlord to death with the help of her husband because the man balked at loaning them his car.

Meghan Melissa Musser, 20, was given a four-decade prison sentence by Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Apgar, who suspended the sentence after 17 years. The judge also ordered Musser to serve 20 years of supervised probation after her release from prison.

Musser's husband, Justin Lyn Musser, 23, faces sentencing Aug. 2.

The couple pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 18, 2010, killing of Harold Markham, 80, who boarded them in his home in the 1200 block of Dale Avenue in southeast Roanoke.

Markham, a neighborhood fixture who gave $4 haircuts in his living room, was attacked for his car keys, neighbors said after he was killed.

Neighbors said Meghan Musser emerged from the house laughing and smiling, saying, "We killed the old man."

The Mussers fought in the street before fleeing, according to witnesses. They were caught days later in South Carolina.

-- Mike Gangloff
Roanoke Times original article here

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