Pamplin woman's killer gets 40 years

According to reports, the man who shot and killed 19-year-old Pamplin resident Megan Metzger in July 2018 has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison. 

David Weston Newton, 22, of Stafford, was sentenced Friday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree murder. He entered a guilty plea, choosing to forego a trial by jury that was scheduled for Feb. 12-14. 

Reports state that evidence in the case showed co-defendant Robert Keating, 27, of Stafford, had searched through Metzger's purse at his home and mistook a pretrial services card for a police informant card. Newton then went to the basement, confronted Metzger and fatally shot her in the face. 

In a horrific chain of events, several accomplices who were at Newton's home subsequently dismembered Metzger's body in an attempt to destroy forensic evidence. 

Newton received a life sentence with all but 40 years suspended. Court records show that eight other criminal charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

See more in the Jan. 8 edition of the Times Virginian.