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This is possible with the trust and support of our subscribers in the community we are proud to serve. Mark Harlan Hayes, 51, was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 suspended for the murder of an Opal man in Both the victim and his killer, by all s, were loving fathers who were family-oriented and who still have the love and respect of their adult children. Williamson last October.
WhisenantJr. Hayes will not be eligible for parole until he is 81 years old. She had been married to Dow Williamson for three years prior to his murder, and said she was shocked to learn of the lifestyle he had been leading. Hayes, who lived in southern Virginia at the time of the murder, had met Williamson when he placed a Craigslist ad seeking a man to have sex with his wife, Kimberley.
He also called Fauquier County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Zeetswho was the lead investigator in the case, to testify. From that testimony a portrait of a failing marriage appeared, one where Hayes had an obsession with pornography that increased over time, an obsession that his family and friends were unaware of.
An obsession that led to his desire to watch other men have sex with his wife, Kimberley Hayes. Zeets said about two months after Williamson was murdered, investigators received a call from Hayes' daughter, telling him Hayes had confessed to her. Zeets testified that he had subpoenaed and phone records, discovering correspondence between Hayes and Williamson.
According to the testimony, Hayes found a Craigslist ad posted by Williamson, offering sexual services to the wives of other men. Hayes and Kimberley had already participated in sexual activity with other men prior to connecting with Williamson. During that visit, Kimberly Hayes called her husband and claimed she had been abused by someone.
Zeets testified that Hayes told him it was the first time his wife had sex with someone when he wasn't present. After a brief reconciliation they split for good in August, and family members were afraid Hayes was going to commit suicide.
Under questioning by Fisher, Zeets said Hayes, after the January incident in New York, had sent two somewhat vague but threatening s to Williamson in May. During his concluding remarks to Judge WhisenantFisher related how Hayes focused on Williamson as the reason for his marriage ending. On Oct. Williamson was on the phone, and motioned for Hayes to wait a moment while he finished the call.
Fisher said Hayes brought his own perverted sense of justice to Warrenton. It was an execution, judge.
Gerrity said it was after Kimberley Hayes went to New York with Williamson, though, when Hayes became convinced his wife had been raped. He said it was apparent from the s exchanged between Hayes and Williamson that Williamson had betrayed a trust. After this, he added, is when the Hayes' marriage went downhill. Gerrity asked the judge to sentence Hayes to the lower range of a first-degree murder charge, where he would serve 16 years in prison.
Instead, Whisenant sentenced Hayes to 50 years, suspending 20 years. He also said Hayes will be required to be on probation 10 years after his release. We understand the importance of working to keep our community strong and connected.
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