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Jonathan Agee sentencing day 1

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9:45 p.m.

by Scott Leamon

The sentencing hearing will finish up on Wednesday.

It will resume in Roanoke Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m.

An expert on how long term steroid use impacts the brain will give his take on Agee's case in a taped examination.

Agee took the stand on Tuesday afternoon.

He claimed he couldn't really remember killing his ex-wife, Jennie Agee.

He also claimed he didn't intend to shoot former state trooper Matt Brannock, and wanted two other state troopers to kill him a few moments later.

1:00 p.m.

From Scott Leamon

Former Virginia state trooper Matt Brannock said he was certain his patrol car had become his coffin as Jonathan Agee fired up to 20 rounds at him after a crash on Memorial Day in 2011 near the Dixie Caverns exit, southbound, on I-81.

Brannock said he was trapped inside the car.

He escaped out of his passenger side door.

Brannock got shot twice; fragments entered his leg; a bullet is still lodged near his pelvis.

Brannock said he still thinks about the shooting everyday.

He said he feels guilty because he never returned fire, although attorneys on both sides said his handgun would have been totally ineffective since he was such a great distance from Agee's position.

Agee had a sniper rifle.

Prosecutors also played video and audio of the entire chase from a camera mounted on Jonathan Agee's Franklin County sheriff's office squad car.

Agee's defense attorney will present his case starting at 1 p.m.

10:47 a.m.

From Scott Leamon, WSLS reporter at the courthouse

The sentencing for convicted murderer Jonathan Agee is underway.  The former Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputy previously entered no contest pleas to the murder of his ex-wife Jennifer Agee, and the shooting of (now former) Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Brannock back on Memorial Day 2011.  A judge previously found Agee guilty on both charges.

So far this morning, a video of the deadly shooting of Jennifer Agee at the Sheetz across from the Roanoke Civic Center has been played.

One of Jonathan Agee's defenses has also been presented.  Jonathan felt that Jennifer was trying to force him to give up custody of their youngest daughter.  Jennifer had custody of their older daughter already.  The former married couple were having an affair, and Agee's defense claims Jennifer sent Jonathan provocative pictures to "ruin him."

The prosecution will present evidence from the shootout that wounded former Trooper Brannock next.

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