January 18, 2013
by Nick Dutton
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A judge has sentenced the man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a patient at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center last year.
(the shooter) 55, of Blackstone, was sentenced to life in prison Friday morning.
Judge Henry Hudson said that Hayes was both calculating and ruthless. He also said Hayes presents a continuing threat to the Richmond community.
Hayes also had 22 other convictions including shooting into an occupied dwelling.
(The shooter) shot and killed James S. Lee, then tried to kill another person on hospital grounds during the February shooting.
Lee, an Army veteran receiving cancer treatments, was struck in the head and the eye during the morning shooting in the parking lot outside of the vast South Richmond facility. He was taken to VCU Medical Center, where his family said he was put on life support but showed no brain activity. Life support was removed. and Lee died.
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