Preston Neill Walters found guilty in death of Justin Johnson

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maridelle Malone presents evidence to a Lewis County Circuit Court Jury in the trial of Preston Neill Walters.

BREAKING – A Lewis County Circuit Court Jury has found Preston Neill Walters guilty in the death of Justin Johnson on March 23, 2017.

The jury returned verdicts of guilty on second-degree manslaughter, seven counts of tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, and marijuana cultivation.

The jury recommended the maximum sentence for each verdict to run consecutively for a total of 50 years plus 12 months.

Under state law, C and D felonies can only be stacked for a maximum sentence of 20 consecutive years.

Walters had been charged with murder, se counts of tampering with physical evidence, one count of abusing a corpse, and one count of cultivating marijuana, more than five plants. He was arrested on March 31, 2017.

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