State Judge Sullenberger dies at 68

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Retired Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Sullenberger has died.

Sullenberger died of an apparent heart attack Feb. 18 at a Charlottesville hospital. Sullenberger was 68.

Sullenberger was a judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1984 until 2000. The circuit encompasses Charlottesville, as well as eight counties.

In 1985, Sullenberger stayed the execution of Earl Washington Jr., days before he was scheduled to die. Washington had confessed to the 1982 rape and murder of a woman in Culpeper, but was later cleared by DNA evidence.

Sullenberger was a native of Staunton and graduated from the University of Virginia, then joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He later received his law degree from William and Mary and practiced in Orange until becoming a judge.

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