Massachusetts man gets life for 2009 Newport News murder

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Massachusetts man will spend the rest of his life in prison for a 2009 Newport News murder.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced 36-year-old James Benson for his role in the shooting death of Louis Joseph Jr. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Benson and two other men — Mark Xavier Wallace of Williamsburg and Bryan Lamar Brown, of Newport News — shot and killed Louis Joseph Jr. of Newport News. A jury convicted the trio in April.

Court documents show Benson beat and shot Joseph at his home while he was babysitting a 5-year-old.

Brown was sentenced earlier this month to 45 years for his role in Joseph’s death.

Wallace is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 6.

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