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Update: Jonathan Agee Gets Three Life Sentences for Ex-Wife's Murder

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Update 11:50 a.m.:

Roanoke, VA - Former Franklin County Deputy Jonathan Agee has been sentenced to serve three life sentences plus 11 years for killing his ex-wife.

The decision just came down Wednesday morning in Roanoke Circuit Court.

Agee will be eligible for parole when he is 60 years old.

His ex-wife Jennifer Agee was killed at a Sheetz in Roanoke almost two years ago.

State Trooper Matthew Brannock was wounded.

We will have much more on the sentencing on ABC 13 News at 5 & 6.

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Roanoke, VA - After more than eight hours of testimony in the sentencing phase of his trial, former Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy, Jonathan Agee, will have to wait another night to learn his fate for the murder of his ex-wife, Jennifer.

The judge adjourned court Tuesday evening with more set for Wednesday morning.

Agee, facing sentencing from both Roanoke and Montgomery Counties showed little emotion throughout the proceeding including when video was shown of the crime.

Prosecutors introduced a security camera video clip showing Agee pulling up behind Jennifer's white pickup truck at the Sheetz on Williamson Road, calmly getting out, and firing 10 rounds at Jennifer.

Eight rounds hit Ms. Agee. The entire event played out of this in front of their daughter and her friend's daughter.

Just 17 seconds passed from the time he stepped out of the car until the time he made his getaway.

Former State Trooper Matthew Brannock also testified about that day.

Brannock described how he chased the suspect up I-81 in Memorial Day traffic with speeds that reached 120 mph - even on the shoulder of the road.

Images of the chase were captured by Agee's patrol car's dash cam and shown in court. 

Brannock and Agee eventually collided which was then followed by a barrage of gunfire from Agee.

There were 20 rounds fired in all with two of them hitting Brannock who has since recovered physically from his injuries.  However he says the mental scars will never go away.

"Jennifer Agee's family will never be the same. Jonathan Agee's family is never going to be the same and my family is never going to be the same. All because of the actions he took. I don't know any other way to describe it. I got the rest of my life to deal with this. I mean physically... I'll be fine. But mentally this is never going to come to an end for me," Brannock said.

A new motive was also introduced in court Tuesday.  The investigation into the murder revealed Jonathan Agee was being pressured to give up custody of his daughter.  In the days leading up to the shooting Jennifer threatened to disseminate sexually explicit pictures of him to his new wife if he didn't comply.

According to testimony, Jonathan had agreed to the custody exchange bit wanted to wait for the child to finish her last eight days of school.  Jennifer Agee wanted the custody immediately.

While Jennifer's sister, Brenda Vest-Campbell, confirmed the attempted blackmail she still had just one request of the judge on behalf of her family.

"My family and I can never have her back or any of that. For that, Jonathan, we will never forgive you. Your Honor... my family and I have only one request and that's to not let Jonathan stand up - or look at us - and apologize for taking Jenny's life. Saying, "I'm sorry" can never fix what he has done," said Vest-Campbell.

The court still needs to hear a taped deposition for the defense as well as closing arguments by both sides before the judge can consider an appropriate sentence.

Agee faces three life terms for his crimes. Sentencing is expected Wednesday.

 

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