Parkway Shooter Sentenced

Ralph Leon Jackson has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Timothy Davis and attempted murder of Christina Floyd on the Blue Ridge Parkway one year ago, Chase Purdy reports for the Waynesboro News Virginian.

The 57-year-old mechanic drove up to an overlook on the parkway, where he sat for fifteen minutes before firing at the two out of his window with a 20-gauge shotgun. He fired again and threw the 19-year-old Floyd over the cliff. A massive manhunt led to Jackson’s arrest the next day. Jackson briefly attempted a Twinkie defense, claiming that he’d taken penis-enlargement drugs, and they made him do it, but that didn’t last long.

In the end, nobody has the faintest idea of why Jackson did it. He wasn’t found to be mentally ill, was apparently unable to explain his motivation, and apparently couldn’t mount any sort of a defense. The formal sentencing will be held in June.

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