The man who killed a Virginia State Police special agent in 2017 was sentenced on Thursday to 36 years in prison.
On May 26, 2017, 28-year-old Travis Ball shot Special Agent Michael T. Walter, who died the next day, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Minutes before being shot, Walter called his wife as he did most nights while he was on duty.
"We spoke briefly and like always I said, 'Be safe and I love you,' " his widow Jaime Walter testified, reading a statement to the judge that she had written before the sentencing hearing. "And he always said, 'Absolutely, you are too beautiful to leave in the world alone.' "
That was at 7:12 p.m; at 7:25 p.m. he was shot. The 45-year-old special agent died early the next morning at VCU Medical Center.
Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring said Ball "is dangerous, and he'll always be dangerous," asking Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals to sentence Ball to 60 years in prison -- the maximum active sentence allowed under a plea deal Ball agreed to two weeks ago.