Ronald Hamilton gets life without parole in murders of wife, police officer Ashley Guindon

Ronald Hamilton, left, and Prince William County Police officer Ashley Guindon, right. (Prince William County Police)

MANASSAS, Va. (ABC7) - Ronald Hamilton has been sentenced to life without parole in the murders of his wife and Prince William County Police officer Ashley Guindon.

A jury was in the sentencing phase in the Hamilton murder trial.

The jury was deciding if Hamilton would receive life in prison or the death penalty. Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their final arguments to the jury on Tuesday.

On Sept. 26, Hamilton was found guilty on all 17 counts. He was charged with capital murder and other counts in the deadly shooting of Guindon and his wife Crystal Hamilton. He was also charged with attempted capital murder of two police officers who were shot but survived, Jesse Hempen and David McKeown.

A death penalty trial began for Hamilton, an Army staff sergeant, in Aug. 2018. He pleaded not guilty to the shootings, but Associated Press court records revealed he confessed to the crime after he was arrested.

Guindon, who was working her first shift after being sworn in, was shot and killed on Feb. 27, 2016 while responding to a domestic-related shooting in the 15000 block of Lashmere Court.

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Guindon was a United States Marine, according to a Prince William County Police officer.

According to the Prince William County Police Facebook page, Guindon was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned a bachelor's degree in Aeronautics, and had a family in law enforcement. Guindon was assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

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