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Ex-VSU student sentenced in drug theft

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 7:00pm  ET

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A former Virginia State University student has been sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to rob a drug dealer who was shot to death.

Khaliq Oliver pleaded guilty Tuesday in Chesterfield Circuit Court to reduced charges that included conspiring with fellow student Ryan Simms to rob Tyrail Hughes of one ounce of marijuana near the VSU campus in April 2012.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports the plea deal allowed the 21-year-old Oliver to avoid trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Simms, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was sentenced in September to 63 years in prison for his conviction on 10 counts, including second-degree murder. According to trial evidence, Simms shot Hughes after Oliver snatched the drugs and fled across campus.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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