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 William Frawley leaves Fredericksburg General District Court after entering an Alford plea in his DUI case.
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Date published: 9/23/2007

Jury says Spotsy man guilty of 2 murders

A Spotsylvania County man was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and the jury recommended two life sentences Thursday for the killings of his 62- year-old landlord and her 75- year-old fiance.

Cleave Williams Jr., 30, denied claims that he stabbed and choked the couple last October before burning their bodies, but after more than a day of jury deliberations, he was found guilty of the murders as well as two counts of grand larceny for stealing their credit cards and using them to pay bills and wire money.

In addition to the two life terms, the jurors recommended that Williams pay $2,500 for each of the grand-larceny counts.

Formal sentencing will take place later. Circuit Judge David H. Beck can reduce the sentence but not increase it.

The bodies of Maggie Skinner and Philip Hamilton were found in a field last year about a week after they disappeared. Police then linked their killings to Williams.

Frawley enters pleas to drunken driving

Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley, convicted of drunken driving twice this week, won't be spending time behind bars.

Frawley entered an Alford plea Friday in Fairfax County to a charge of driving while intoxicated. He entered the same plea to a similar misdemeanor charge in Fredericksburg on Tuesday.

An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

The Fairfax judge suspended a 30-day jail sentence and all but $300 of a $1,000 fine. He also suspended Frawley's driving privileges for a year and ordered him to receive substance-abuse treatment.

Frawley had faced a minimum 10-day jail sentence in Fairfax because his blood alcohol content was 2 times the legal limit when he flipped his university car April 10, according to court documents.

Stafford supervisors propose business tax

Stafford County supervisors are proposing a special tax on commercial properties to help pay for the widening of major highways at each end of the county.

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