Virginia man sentenced to life for shooting deaths of mother, brother

A Virginia man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 40 years in the shooting deaths of his mother and 6-year-old brother at their home in 2020.

In August, Levi Norwood pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Jennifer, and second-degree murder in the death of his brother, Wyatt, at their Midland, Virginia, home. Other charges, including charges related to the wounding of Norwood’s father, were dropped.

Authorities said Norwood’s father found his wife and younger son dead from gunshot wounds when he returned home on Feb. 14, 2020, and Norwood then shot and wounded his father, who escaped. Norwood was arrested the next day in North Carolina.


Judge James Fisher sentenced Norwood above the 32-year guideline recommendation, saying he believed Norwood “is a danger to himself, others, and society, and that would continue,” WTOP-FM reported.

Under Virginia law, Norwood, who was 17 at the time of the crimes, will be eligible for parole after 20 years.

Attorney Ryan Ruzic told Fisher that Norwood had been physically abused by his father. But Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Hook told the judge that the abuse claim only surfaced after Norwood’s arrest.

Asked if he wanted to say anything before sentencing, Norwood declined.

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