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Some 20 months after the fatal public shooting of his ex-wife on Memorial Day 2011 — and just two weeks before he was scheduled to go to trial on a first-degree murder charge — former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Ashley Agee has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in her death.

Agee, 33, entered the plea this afternoon in Roanoke Circuit Court. He also pleaded no contest to charges of using a gun to commit a murder.

Judge Charlie Dorsey has not set a date for a pre-sentence hearing in the case. First-degree murder carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

The plea arrived about two weeks before Agee had been scheduled to begin a nine-day trial on the charges that stemmed from a violent rampage that occurred May 30, 2011.

On that day, around lunchtime, Agee’s ex-wife was gunned down in the parking of the Sheetz convenience store on Williamson Road. One of the Agee’s two young daughters was present at that scene but was not injured.

Earlier that day, Jonathan Agee’s current wife had warned former Sheriff Ewell Hunt that her husband was armed, enraged and on his way to shoot his ex-wife.

Witnesses at Sheetz said the gunman arrived in a Franklin County deputy’s patrol cruiser, and prosecutors have said the shooting was captured on that car’s dashboard camera.

Not long after Jennifer Agee’s shooting, a Virginia state police sergeant, Matthew Brannock, was injured by gunfire on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County after he took part in the pursuit of the gunman.

Jonathan Agee was shot, injured and taken into custody just a short time later.

http://hamptonroads.com/2013/01/former-deputy-pleads-no-contest-killing-exwife

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