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19-year-old sentenced to 23 years in slaying of Manchester High student

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:44 pm

A young Chesterfield County father was sentenced to 23 years in prison today for gunning down a Manchester High School student last spring in an apparent bid to silence another man’s testimony in a drug and gun case.

After a two-day trial, a jury of seven men and five women deliberated about 90 minutes before finding Brandon Fordham, 19, guilty of first-degree murder and felonious use of a firearm in the April 22 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Tre “Sleepy” Walton.

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