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Clarksburg man sentenced in 2011 slaying

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- A Clarksburg man convicted of killing a West Union man has been sentenced to more than 40 years in prison.

Media outlets report that 30-year-old Clayton Steven Collins received the maximum 40-year sentence for second-degree murder on Monday. A finding that Collins is a repeat offender added five years to the sentence.

Harrison County Circuit Court Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. also sentenced Collins to one to five years for concealing the victim's corpse.

The sentences are to run consecutively.

Prosecutors say Collins and co-defendant William B. Murray of Salem killed 20-year-old Thomas Ray "T.J.'' Blankenship in December 2011.

Murray is awaiting sentencing. He was convicted in July of first-degree murder.

 


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