FAIRFAX, Va. – A serial killer convicted of killing three prominent Alexandria residents over the course of a decade as part of a general grudge against the city's elite will be formally sentenced to life in prison.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Fairfax County for Charles Severance of Ashburn. He was convicted in November of three separate shooting deaths stretching from 2003 to 2014. All three victims were shot in their homes.
Prosecutors said Severance, who has a history of mental illness, wanted revenge against what he considered the city's enforcement class after losing a child custody case in Alexandria.
Severance was convicted of capital murder, but prosecutors opted against seeking the death penalty. Under Virginia law, the only option at sentencing is life in prison without possibility of parole.