Stay in the know! Sign up to get Fauquier County news updates delivered to your inbox.
Advertise on Fauquier Now!
FauquierNow.com
How do you rate VDOT and law enforcement preparations for the Rt. 29 “Cut the Hills” project? Vote!
HOME OBITUARIES NEWS HOME & GARDEN OPINIONS BUSINESS STYLE CALENDAR CLASSIFIEDS
Free classifieds! Members can also post calendar events, news, opinions and more ... all for free! Register now!
Login · Forgot Your Password?
October 15, 2015

Woman gets 18-year term for killing her husband

Before turning the gun on herself, Judy Deal fired two shots into her estranged husband’s torso on Nov. 20, 2011, in his home near Hume.
An Amissville woman Wednesday received an 18-year prison sentence for shooting and killing her estranged husband near Hume almost four years ago.

Judy Deal, 61, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Aug. 3.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker this week sentenced Mrs. Deal to the maximum 40 years in prison but suspended 22 years.

John Michael Deal
, 60, died of his wounds the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at 1784 Crest Hill Road.

Mrs. Deal turned the gun on herself after shooting her husband and suffered a traumatic head wounds. She lost her left eye.

Mental evaluations twice found Mrs. Deal mentally incompetent to stand trial.

But, Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher pushed for continued treatment to restore her competency.

Judge Parker in August 2014 ordered the defendant back to Western State Hospital in Staunton for full-time treatment.

After that round of therapy, the judge in April found Mrs. Deal competent to stand trial for second-degree murder.

She pleaded guilty just more than two weeks before the scheduled trial, slated to begin Aug. 20.

In court Wednesday, Mrs. Deal accepted responsibility for the crime and apologized.

“I’m sorry for what happened. I never meant for it to happen,” she said, according to the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

She will remain on probation for 10 years after her prison term.
Member comments
Please, be polite. Avoid name-calling and profanity.
For credibility, sign your real name; stand behind your comments. Readers will give less credence to anonymous posts.
To comment, please log in or register.
Facebook comments
Enter your email address above to begin receiving
news updates from FauquierNow.com via email.
Wednesday, July 17
Other weekend options include Twilight Jumpers, Buddy Holly Tribute Show and improv theater for young readers
Wednesday, July 17
Bob Lawrence relishes the work and the people he meets as a “country lawyer in a small town”
Tuesday, July 16
Postal worker Samantha Haines plans to make down payment on new family home
More Fauquier news
© Copyright 2011-2018

50 Culpeper Street, Suite 3
Warrenton, Virginia 20187
540.359.6574
Crime Log
Obituaries
Business
Add Your News
The Big Picture
Ellen’s Kitchen
and Garden

Features
Real Estate
For Sale
Employment
Automotive
Announcements
Legal Notices
Post an Ad
Advertise
Terms of Service