NORFOLK--A Norfolk man convicted of killing a woman two days before Christmas was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday.
Police said 33-year-old Stephen Deon Smith killed 33-year-old Lynelle C. Jenkins in her Johnson Avenue home around 11:50 a.m. on December 23.
Smith was convicted of first and second degree murder and was also sentenced to nearly 10 more years in prison for probation violations.
Officer Chris Amos told WVEC.com the two had been in a relationship, but he wouldn't elaborate on a possible motive for the murder.
Smith was arrested at his B Avenue home a short time after Jenkins' body was discovered, Amos added.