STATE BRIEFS: Man used store as front for cigarette smuggling

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 39-year-old LamareShiron Jennings was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of Leaudrey Salmon, 44.

Hanover County prosecutor Mackenzie Babichenko says Jennings strangled and repeatedly slit Salmon’s throat with a knife last June inside her home. Babichenko says Jennings planned the slaying out of jealousy after a 911 recording captured Jennings expressing anger over his belief that Salmon had become romantically involved with another man.

During the call, Salmon begged for her life while Jennings tortured her. He was arrested days later.

A jury recommended Jennings be sentenced to life in prison. His formal sentencing is set for Jan. 9.


CHESAPEAKE —The Chesapeake City Council has decided to display the motto “In God We Trust” at City Hall.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the council approved the display in a 7-0 vote on Tuesday.