Ronald Hamilton was sentenced to life in prison after a jury could not agree on the death penalty for the killing of his wife, Crystal Hamilton, and Ashley Guindon, a Prince William police officer on her first day on the job.
Ronald Hamilton, 34, was convicted Sept. 26 following a two-week trial on three capital murder charges and 14 related felonies in connection to the shootings on Feb. 27, 2016.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed at the Pentagon at the time of the shootings.
After nearly four weeks of testimony during the sentencing phase — where prosecutors and defense lawyers called people to testify about how the shooting affected them or their knowledge of Ronald Hamilton — jurors began deliberating a potential death penalty sentence Oct. 23. The jury reported that it was tied, 6-6, on the death penalty Thursday, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert.
Ronald Hamilton was convicted of killing his 29-year-old wife inside the couple’s home while their then-11-year-old son was in the house, on the 13000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge.
Hamilton was also found guilty of shooting the three officers who responded to Crystal’s 911 call. Guindon died on her first day on the job, and officers Jesse Hempen and David McKeown were injured.
DEATH PENALTY RARE IN VIRGINIA
In the last decade, Virginia has executed 15 people. Among those were three from Prince William County — beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad, Larry Elliott and Paul Powell.
Muhammad was executed by lethal injection and Elliott was executed by electrocution, both in 2009. Powell was executed by electrocution in 2010.
Three men are currently on death row in Virginia. The last person sentenced to death row was Robert Gleason in 2011. He was executed in 2013.
The last person executed in Virginia was William Morva in July 2017. He was convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy.