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Judge cites defendant’s mental issues, imposes 30 years for murder

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Dion Phoenix

A former Louisa man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his cousin.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Dion Phoenix, 26, agreed that he suffers from both mental illness and intellectual disabilities. That led Judge Timothy Sanner to suspend a portion of a life sentence.

Phoenix will serve an additional 15 years for various firearms violations related to the March 29, 2016 murder of Kevin Robinson.

Robinson, who was 42 at the time of his death, was alone in his house on Oakland Road in Louisa when he was killed. Phoenix burst into the home with two accomplices in the middle of the night and shot Robinson multiple times.

Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire agreed last October to amend a charge of capital murder to first-degree murder when Phoenix entered a guilty plea. Phoenix also admitted committing robbery, using a firearm to commit a felony, possessing a weapon as a violent felon, and breaking and entering. He was given two 20-year suspended sentences for robbery and breaking and entering.

The other two men charged in the case, Darcel Murphy and Tobias Owens, await trial.

To read more about the case, see the March 8 edition of The Central Virginian.



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