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Ex-Marine sentenced in Va. man's slaying

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A former Marine convicted of killing his girlfriend's estranged husband in Virginia has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Media outlets say a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge sentenced 27-year-old Don Walker II on Tuesday. Walker had pleaded guilty earlier to first-degree murder.

Investigators say Walk broke into 25-year-old Matthew McPeak's Christiansburg home in December 2010, turned off the power and ambushed the victim when he came home. McPeak was stabbed repeatedly with a hunting knife.

McPeak's wife, Danielle Vinese McPeak, received a 40-year sentence in May. She pleaded no contest to first-degree murder.

Investigators say Walker was having a long-distance relationship with Danielle McPeak and she plotted her husband's slaying. Walker was a Marine stationed in North Carolina at the time.

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