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Former VSU student gets 63 years in drug killing

Wednesday - 9/11/2013, 4:58pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A former Virginia State University student has been sentenced to 63 years in prison for conspiring to rob a Petersburg drug dealer and then killing him.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) that Chesterfield County Circuit Court Judge Steven McCallum on Wednesday imposed the sentence recommended by the jury that convicted 20-year-old Ryan Christopher Simms of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Simms was convicted on 10 counts, including second-degree murder, in the April 2012 shooting death of 20-year-old Tyrail Hughes near the VSU campus in Ettrick.

Simms was accused of conspiring with fellow student Khaliq Oliver to rob Hughes of one ounce of marijuana. According to trial evidence, Simms shot Hughes after Oliver snatched the drugs and fled across campus.

Oliver is scheduled to be tried in November.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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