Update: Michael Johns sentenced for February, 2020 murder of Christopher Valkos

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 5:13 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Michael Johns received separate 40-year prison sentences for the February, 2020 murder of Christopher Valkos Friday afternoon.

Johns pleaded guilty in late March to separate charges of second-degree murder and robbery, for the death which police at the time said occurred during a drug deal.

While the two sentences are to run concurrently, meaning Johns will serve a total of 40 years, that will run consecutively to a separate sentence he is serving for a parole violation.

Johns was on parole when the death happened.

Valkos’ mother, Denise, was in court for the sentencing. She said “We will never hear his voice, we will never see him again, and we will never be able to hug him. You took that from us.” She said Valkos has a daughter born just five days before he died.

Johns said he regrets the incident, saying, “it hurts me every day”.

His attorney, Reggie Bailey, asked Johns receive credit for 462 days served in prison. Prosecutors rejected that, noting Valkos was choked twice during the incident, the second time resulting in his death.

Wood County Circuit Judge Robert Waters, in sentencing Johns, called the incident a “senseless, violent crime”.

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