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Woman, 78, gets 20 years for killing boyfriend

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Lillian Mae Levy

A 78-year-old woman who shot her boyfriend as he lay in bed in Spotsylvania County was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison.

Lillian Mae Levy received 30 years for second-degree murder, with 13 years suspended, and three years for a firearm charge.

Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Neely said Levy could be eligible for geriatric parole after five years.

“But it’s highly unusual for the courts to grant geriatric parole in murder cases,” said Neely, who added that he agreed to lower the charge from first-degree murder to second degree because of Levy’s age.

Levy of Mechanicsville, Md., shot 62-year-old James Thomas on April 27, 2013, in their trailer at the Wilderness Presidential Resorts off of State Route 3, where the couple frequently met for weekend getaways.

She later pleaded guilty to the crime.

According to court testimony, Levy called security at the campground around 6:10 a.m. the day of the shooting saying that Thomas was bleeding from his head and crying out in pain.

Thomas, who lived in Henrico County, was taken to Mary Washington Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors discovered that he had a small-caliber gunshot wound behind his right ear. He died 12 days later on May 9 from massive brain injury, court records show.

Neely said Levy’s attorney, public defender Wendy Harris, claimed during the Thursday’s sentencing hearing that her client snapped because Thomas used her to buy a golf cart and a lot at Wilderness and then started cheating on her.

The problem with that argument, Neely said, was that Levy got the gun from her car, loaded it and then waited for Thomas to roll over in bed with his back to her before she shot him, which showed premeditation.

“He definitely didn’t know what was coming.”

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436