Convicted murderer sentenced to prison

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico man will spend the next 30 years in prison for beating his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat. A judge sentenced 34-year-old Christopher Walker Thursday. What's still surprising is that Walker pled guilty when he was first charged. Still to this day, prosecutors don't know why he did it.

Almost a year and a half since his arrest Christopher Walker is sentenced for the brutal murder of his then girlfriend 42-year-old Verna Ileo. Back in January of 2010, Walker surrendered to police after beating her to death.

"In the call he said that he had just killed his girlfriend, or had done a heinous thing. As it turned out he had killed her with a baseball bat," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Cushman.

At only 34-years-old, Walker will spend the next 30 years behind bars for Ileo's murder. A judge sentenced him to 60 years, with 30 suspended. Prosecutors were arguing for a harsher sentence. Today they're satisfied with the outcome.

"I think it was appropriate," said Cushman. "There's a wide range in these. There's no magic to the system. There's no mathematical formula."

Oddly enough Walker's parents and sibling were murdered in their home back in the 90's. Because of that those close to the case are left wondering what would lead him to kill someone else.

"I don't think anyone has the answer to a question like that. A 30 year sentence or a life sentence, whatever sentence doesn't bring Verna Ileo back," he said.

Ileo was found dead in her apartment on the 5600 block of Tumbleweed Circle. Walker led police to her body after calling 911 on himself. He'll be 64 when he's finally released.

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