It’s time to end the death penalty in Virginia

Vigil against executions in Greensville, Virginia

November 22, 2019

On Aug. 21, 2006, my father, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eric Sutphin, was gunned down when he encountered William Morva on a massive manhunt in Blacksburg, Va. Morva was caught, charged and tried on two counts of capital murder. Despite Morva showing symptoms of severe mental illness, the jury sentenced him to die. Given this history, it might surprise many that I advocate legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that would abolish the death penalty…Read More >>