CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Virginia man who admitted to killing his father and brother and seriously injuring his mother has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge handed down two life sentences plus 23 years to 21-year-old Zachary Toothman on Monday. The sentencing comes after Toothman pleaded guilty in June.

Authorities found his father, Michael Toothman, and brother, 17-year-old Matthew Toothman, dead. Toothman’s mother, Susie, was wounded and later released from the hospital.

Michael Toothman was a 30-year veteran of the Chesapeake Police Department.

According to a statement of facts filed in court, Zachary Toothman was struggling with grades and relationships at Virginia Tech. He was placed on academic probation and later, a leave of absence, after failing to meet the minimum GPA.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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