Boyfriend sentenced to life in prison for Hanover woman’s death

Posted at 1:29 PM, Mar 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-20 13:29:53-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in 2012 was sentenced to life in prison, according to Hanover County Court documents. Brian Mallory, 44, was convicted of Hakopian’s murder earlier this year.

A neighbor found  Sarajane Hakopian’s body inside her Beaverdam bedroom after Hakopian failed to pick-up someone she cared for on a regular basis. Mallory lived with Hakopian at the time of her murder.

“She told me he [Brian Mallory] became jealous of a guy she was friends with and made threats,” Hakopian’s mother Betty Savage said shortly after the murder. “That’s when she became fearful.”

After a multi-state search, police arrested Mallory in Jacksonville, Florida and initially charged him with stealing Hakopian’s minivan.

At the time of the murder, Mallory was out on parole. He had been sentenced to 124 years in prison, with 90 years suspended, for a 1991 robbery and abduction.