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Lynchburg murder suspect pleads guilty

Jeremiah Overman pleaded guilty to second degree murder

November 22, 2010

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Lynchburg murder suspect pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Theodore Poe last July.

Jeremiah Overman, 29, was scheduled to go to trial on a first degree murder charge in December.  Instead, Overman entered a guilty plea Monday morning in a Lynchburg court.

Overman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.  The second degree murder charges carries a penalty of 5-40 years in prison.  The firearm charge carries a sentence of three years.

Overman told prosecutors the shooting happened during a drug-deal on Lakewood Street, near Lynchburg College.  According to prosecutors, Poe, 20, pulled a gun on Overman and tried to rob him.  Investigators believe Overman took the gun from Poe and shot him as he was fleeing.

Overman will be sentenced in January.

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