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Man sentenced to prison for killing wife in Montgomery County

Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 2:46 PM EST
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A man arrested for killing his wife has been sentenced to prison.

Gerard Tompkins faces 28 years in prison and ten more on supervised probation for the murder of Michelle Tompkins.

The sentence was handed down Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The shooting happened on Red Hawk Run in May 2020. Police found Michelle Tompkins, 51, in a car with multiple gunshot wounds. She died after being taken to a hospital.

According to a Montgomery County court document, Tompkins called 911, saying he had shot his wife.

A search of the home led to writings from Mrs. Tompkins indicating her husband had been violent with her and had abused alcohol.

“He had begun drinking that afternoon and became intoxicated and ultimately he called 911 and indicated that he had shot his wife,” said Montgomery County Commonwealth attorney Mary Pettitt.

She also had recorded her husband’s tirades, according to the document, on her cell phone, and her phone was set to record during the time she was shot. However, without a password, investigators say current technology does not allow law enforcement to open it.

The Commontwealth attorney says there was no reported domestic violence prior to the case.

“She had shared it with only one person that we know of,” said Pettitt.

GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Montgomery County court document related to Tompkins case:

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