VA Man Sentenced to Prison for Murder-for-Hire Conspiracy

A Newport News man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murder-for-hire of a sailor.

The federal prosecutor's office says 29-year-old Michael Draven was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in July of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, carjacking resulting in death and murder with a firearm.

Prosecutors say Draven and Catherina Voss of Newport News hired David Runyon of Morgantown, West Virginia, to kill her husband, 30-year-old Navy ensign Cory Voss. The sailor was shot while sitting in his pickup truck in April 2007.

Runyon also was convicted in July, and a jury recommended the death penalty. Runyon will be sentenced December 4 in federal court in Norfolk.

Catherinia Voss pleaded guilty to arranging the slaying and is serving life in prison.

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