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Va. men convicted in deadly highway shootout could face life sentence

A jury in Chesapeake will hear from witnesses and recommend sentences Tuesday for two men, a day after they were convicted of first-degree murder in the kidnapping and shooting that ended in a highway shootout.

The jury found 32-year-old Dedrion Short and 21-year-old Willie Simmons guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the June death of Tione Vincent. They were also found guilty of an abduction charge and weapons violations.

Short was also found guilty of malicious wounding of a police officer in connection with the shootout, which left Chesapeake police officer Sean Fleming wounded.

A first-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

-- The Virginian-Pilot

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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