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Chester Lilly III sentenced to life in prison

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 11:46 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 6:33 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The family of victim Travis Peters-and the parents of convicted murderer Chester Lilly III-both met again in a courtroom, as they had four months ago. Both supporting each other, as one son is sent to prison for the rest of his life, for the death of another.

“You have changed everyone’s life, forever,” Peters’ stepfather, Chris Waldron, told Lilly in court Monday.

“He called me every morning,” Peters’ mother, Marcella Waldron, told Lilly, “That’s something I’ll never hear again.”

“There is no word to describe someone reaching into your chest, and pulling out your heart,” Peters’ sister, Tracey, said in a virtual video at Lilly’s sentencing.

Lilly, who was convicted in late July for Peters’ stabbing death, had previous convictions for malicious assault, and was a registered sex offender. Both previous cases may have figured into the life sentence he received from Circuit Judge Robert Waters.

“This was a terrible and brutal crime,” the judge said. “The jury has rendered an appropriate verdict of murder in the first degree.”

A verdict without mercy, meaning the third-generation Lilly will not be eligible for parole.

Lilly’s attorneys could appeal the verdict. While they made no motion for alternative sentencing, they had unsuccessfully made post-trial motions for acquittal and a new trial.

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Chester Lilly III was sentenced Monday morning to life in prison in Wood County Circuit Court.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder in late July by a jury which also recommended he not be eligible for parole.

Lilly was also ordered by Judge Robert Waters to pay restitution to members of Peters’ family, who said they had gone through therapy after suffering mental issues after Peters’ death.

Peters’ mother and father appeared in court to address Lilly, while Peters’ sister did so by a virtual feed.

We’ll have more on Monday’s sentencing on our evening newscasts and online.

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