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Blanton’s appeal denied by court

A Virginia Court of Appeals panel upheld Donna Blanton’s murder conviction and life sentence last Friday.

In March 2008, the Caroline County woman was convicted by a Virginia Beach jury of fatally shooting her state trooper husband, Taylor Blanton, in the couple’s bed in 2003.

The jury recommended that Blanton, 43, spend life in prison and pay a $100,000 fine for the murder conviction.

The jurors also sentenced her to spend an extra three years behind bars for a conviction of using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Blanton can still take her case to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

—Portsia Smith

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