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Topping man sentenced for role in double homicide

A Topping man was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for his role in a double homicide that took the lives of two Hayes women in December of 2017.

Charley Riley, 28, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of being an accessory to the two homicides. On Monday, Gloucester Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw sentenced him two years’ incarceration on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Riley’s attorney, James Breeden, asked that his client be sentenced to only time served. Breeden said Riley had already served six months and was a main witness against the other two defendants in the case. “He unwittingly got into this,” Breeden said. “He did not aide them in fleeing or in hiding or in disposing of the safe.”

Gloucester Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Zwisohn asked for a sentence for Riley, saying the charges against him were very serious. Zwisohn said Riley provided the gun used in the crimes, even though he did not know ...

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