Mechanicsville man who murdered his wife receives 2 life sentences

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

The Mechanicsville man who pleaded guilty last October to gunning down his estranged wife with an assault rifle and wounding her boyfriend will serve two life sentences plus eight years in a penitentiary.

Ryan Markham

On Feb. 26, Ryan Markham was sentenced in Hanover Circuit Court for the shooting death of Sabrina Markham and the aggravated malicious wounding of Blake Minter, in addition to two related firearms charges.

Markham had pleaded guilty to the charges Oct. 9. At that time, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Shari Skipper told the court that on June 2, Markham told a bartender to watch the evening news because there was going to be a massacre.

Markham drove to his estranged wife’s home on Candleberry Drive in Mechanicsville bearing an SKS assault rifle. Sabrina Markham then notified authorities before fleeing upstairs with Minter. Ignoring pleas to consider the couple’s children, Markham went upstairs and opened fire, killing Sabrina Markham and wounding Minter, who was able to return fire, wounding Markham.

According to reports published in the June 7, 2012 edition of the Herald-Progress, two days before the shooting, a protective issue had been issued banning Markham from having any contact with Sabrina Markham. In an affidavit seeking the order, she said Markham had previously threatened to kill her, her two children – ages 3 and 7 – and Minter.

The Markhams had been separated for three years at the time of the shooting.

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