Loudoun County Man Convicted of Killing Wife

Jury recommends life sentence

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    A Loudoun County, Va. man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the September 2010 death of his wife, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

    A jury found Steven Combs-LaFleur, 62, guilty of murdering his wife Catherine “Casey” Combs-LaFleur by striking her multiple times with a hand-held sledgehammer, said the Attorney’s Office.  That jury recommended a life sentence for Combs-LaFleur.

    Rescue personnel responding to the couple’s home on September 18th, 2010, discovered Catherine Combs-LaFleur dead with significant head injuries, said the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  

    A formal sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.