Former Va. death row inmate could walk free

September 2, 2011

A former death row inmate convicted in a Prince William County slaying could be released from prison now that a Virginia judge has tossed the gun and drug convictions against him, reports the Associated Press.

Justin Michael Wolfe, 30, has served nearly 10 years since being convicted of murder-for-hire in the slaying of his marijuana supplier, Daniel Petrole, in 2001.

His death sentence was vacated in July when the same judge, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, ruled that the prosecution knowingly use false testimony and withheld information from the Wolfe’s attorney.

Without the gun and drug convictions, which the judge voided Tuesday, Wolfe could be a free man.

The Virginia Attorney General’s office plans to appeal the judge’s ruling to throw out the murder conviction.

Related:

Database: Virginia executions, 1982-present

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