February 10, 2020
I hope you weren’t expecting leniency, Leon.
The Jewdicial system does not look kindly upon those who prevent race mixing.
A Norton, Virginia, man, who was accused of “coldly hunting down and killing someone in broad daylight,” will spend 39 years behind bars.
Leon Tyler Smith, 26, appeared in Lee County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in May 2019.
Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin said Smith shot a man, identified in court records as Lee David Lipps, 34, of Pennington Gap, on Aug. 28, 2018. He was shot four times and died at the hospital.
During Wednesday’s, Cridlin said he presented evidence demonstrating that Smith had traveled from Norton to Pennington Gap for the sole purpose to kill Lipps, who owned Stone Mountain Naturals, a ginseng company.
Lipps was working in his yard at the time of the shooting.
The motive: Smith hated the victim, the prosecutor said.
“The defendant’s sister was engaged to the victim and the families were estranged,” Cridlin said. “The defendant made various allegations about the victim but all were contradicted by the victim’s fiancée.”