Franklin Co. [Virginia] man pleads guilty to killing wife; receives 25-year sentence
Philip Kingery of Hardy fled the state after the murder and turned himself in last summer in Missouri. His attorney said a mixture of steroid abuse and an addiction to Starbucks coffee led to Kingery's "diminished capacity."
By Janelle Rucker | The Roanoke Times
Philip Kingery pleaded guilty today to killing his wife Rose last summer.
Rose Kingery's body was found July 17 in a barrel inside a shed near the couple's home on Coopers Cove Road in Hardy, Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood said.
This morning after the plea, county Circuit Court Judge William Alexander sentenced Philip Kingery to 25 years in prison for second degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony.
Kingery, 48, was originally charged with first degree murder, but the inability to prove he plotted in advance to kill his wife necessitated the lesser charge, said Hapgood.
"I apologize to all family and all friends," Kingery said when Alexander permitted him to speak. "If I could turn back the clock, I would."
In addition to the sentence, Alexander directed Kingery to have no contact with his adult daughter, Ashleigh Kester.
Rose Kingery was shot twice, but was not mutilated or tortured, Hapgood said.
Philip Kingery fled the state after the murder and turned himself in July 25 in Fenton, Mo.
His attorney, Tony Anderson, said a mixture of steroid abuse and an addiction to Starbucks coffee led to Kingery's "diminished capacity" at the time of the murder.