NORFOLK, Va. — A man whose murder-for-hire conviction was overturned will not be let out of prison while state officials appeal a federal judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson of Norfolk ruled in July that Justin Michael Wolfe was wrongfully convicted in the 2001 death of 21-year-old Daniel Petrole Jr. in Prince William County. Petrole was Wolfe’s marijuana supplier.
Jackson said the prosecution erred in using testimony from the shooter, who said Wolfe paid him to kill Petrole but later recanted.
Wolfe’s attorneys wanted Jackson to allow him to stay with his mother while the state appeals his ruling.
Jackson denied that request last week, but ordered him back into a death row facility that will allow him the use of a television, a commissary and more frequent visitation.