Man sentenced to prison for Salem killing

Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 4:33 PM EST
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - A man found guilty after pleading no contest to a fatal shooting in Salem in 2020 has been sentenced to prison.

Zane Christian, also accused of a carjacking in Blacksburg, had pleaded no contest to the killing of Rico Turner in a Salem parking lot.

In Salem Circuit Court February 16, 2022, Christian was sentenced to 26 years of a possible 43, in addition to ten years probation.

He also must have no contact with his estranged wife, who was engaged to Turner.

The sentence breaks down as follows:

For the charge of 2nd degree murder: 30 years, suspended after 21 years served

For the charge of use of a firearm in commission of a felony: 3 years mandatory

For the first charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle: 5 years, suspended after 1 year served

For the second charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle: 5, years suspended after 1 year served

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