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Man gets 13 years for Chesterfield teen’s murder

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Mar 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-07 17:22:05-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WTVR) - A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felonies in connection with a 13-year-old Chesterfield boy's murder.

William Timothy Walker, 21, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Devin Hawkins on April 23, 2011, unlawful use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and aggravated malicious wounding in the shooting of LaVon Holmes.

Walker was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He received 10 years for the voluntary manslaughter, 3 on the firearms charges and  40 years, which were suspended, on the aggravated malicious wounding

Prosecutors said the deal was reached because Walker felt remorseful and that Hawkins family was ok with the plea.

Additionally, Walker apologized to Hawkins' family in court.

In November, while Hawkins' family was attending one of Walker's court hearings, Devon's father said both families lost someone they loved because of the violence.

"If we all don't come together and realize that this is a bad situation all the time, then we're always going to be in these situations," said Octavius Hawkins.

Police had said Hawkins was not the intended target.

Walker was captured in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, several days after the shooting.