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Richard Parker Sentenced 30 Years

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield teen who jumped in to stop a deadly shooting says his life has changed forever.

Michael Dudley was shot by Richard Parker as he tried to stop Parker from shooting his wife, Cindy. Parker was sentenced to 30 years behind bars - 20 for killing his wife and 10 for shooting Dudley.

The surveillance video was shown in court.

"The hardest part was when I got on the stand," said Dudley.

Dudley had to explain the tape - and broke down during his testimony.

I thought I was holding it together and it just hit me...it was different telling the story and answering questions about myself in the event while he was there," he said.

Now 19 - Dudley is home from VSU. He never played football, or even finished his first year of college. He says the shooting changed him.

"It made school a lot difficult for many reasons I'm not going into particulars it definitely affected my school work that's why I'm in the position I'm in now."

Dudley lost his 4-year football scholarship. He also lost close to 40 pounds. He says he's stressed and recently saw a psychologist for the first time.

"It took me a while to accept that I need to see somebody like that you know, it's hard to accept that..I feel better now, not have to worry about school, not to worry about football, I like being able to chose my own path," he said.

Dudley talked about wanting to be a cop someday, he said he hasn't ruled that out just yet.

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