Newport News man gets life sentence in sailor's death

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by Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on November 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A Newport News man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murder-for-hire of a sailor.

The federal prosecutor's office says 29-year-old Michael Draven was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in July of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, carjacking resulting in death and murder with a firearm.

Prosecutors say Draven and Catherina Voss of Newport News hired David Runyon of Morgantown, W.Va., to kill her husband, 30-year-old Navy ensign Cory Voss. The sailor was shot while sitting in his pickup truck in April 2007.

Runyon also was convicted in July, and a jury recommended the death penalty. Runyon will be sentenced Dec. 4 in federal court in Norfolk.

Catherinia Voss pleaded guilty to arranging the slaying and is serving life in prison.

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