Former deputy sentenced to life for ex-wife’s murder

ROANOKE – A former Franklin County deputy accused of killing his ex-wife who lived in Salem will serve life in prison, plus three years, for her murder. Today, Jan. 11, Jonathan Agee pleaded “no contest” to the charge of fatally shooting Jennifer Agee as she sat in a vehicle with her daughter on Memorial Day 2011 at a Sheetz in Roanoke.

After the shooting, Jonathan Agee fled through Salem on Main Street and onto Interstate 81, driving a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office car, and was charged with getting into a shootout with a Virginia State Police trooper, and being wounded. That trial had been set for March 4 in Montgomery County.

According to court records, Agee made his plea in exchange for dropping three other charges.