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Virginia man sentenced for killing 80-year-old in wheelchair

July 24, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man with a prior hate crime conviction has been sentenced to almost 30 years in prison for the fatal beating of an 80-year-old black man in a wheelchair.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 44-year-old Michael Kevin McReynolds received his murder sentence Tuesday for killing Johnny Battle last year.

Prosecutor Andy Johnson said McReynolds had a dozen prior convictions for drug and gun possession and assaults. He also was convicted of a 2003 hate crime for hurling beer bottles and racial slurs at an Asian man.

Battle’s girlfriend, Regatha Pair, testified that McReynolds called Battle the N-word before killing him.

McReynolds reportedly apologized to Battle’s family during sentencing. His lawyer, Christopher Bradshaw, said McReynolds was not in his right mind and suffered from PTSD from his time as a sniper.

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