By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
STAUNTON — Implicated in a murder he didn’t commit, Matthew Giovine tracked down the man who pointed police his way and struck him with the handle of a shovel in May 2009, authorities said.
For the attack, Giovine will serve no jail time. A judge Wednesday followed a joint recommendation by attorneys, imposing a suspended five-year sentence and placing Giovine, 33, on probation.
“Mr. Giovine’s entire freedom for the rest of his life was put in jeopardy,” defense attorney Frankie Coyner said of the man’s motive.
Giovine’s brief hearing Wednesday brought to a close a sordid collection of cases in which the burglary ring led to murder, lies to police, broken love affairs, an escape to Florida and a beaten chihuahua puppy.
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