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Man involved in murder at CU given life sentence
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (11/20/09)--A man convicted of being an accomplice in the murder of a U.S. Navy officer outside a Virginia credit union, was sentenced to three life terms in prison. Michael A. Draven, 29, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Virginia, after being found guilty July 17 of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, carjacking resulting in death, and murder with a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (States New Service Nov. 17). Draven was convicted for his role in the April 2007 shooting death of Navy Communications Officer Cory Allen Voss, 30, which took place outside a Langley FCU ATM in Newport News,Va. The murder was designed to look like a random robbery that went awry, authorities said (News Now July 24). Last year, Voss’ wife, Catherine Ann Voss, pleaded guilty to masterminding the plot so she could be with Draven--her boyfriend--and collect roughly $500,000 in Voss’ death benefits. In November, she was sentenced to four life terms. Catherine Voss and Draven met while Voss’ husband, Cory Allen Voss, was on a six-month deployment for the U.S. Navy in 2006, according to court records and evidence introduced at trial. The affair continued after his return, in which Catherine Voss and Draven discussed marriage and referred to each other as husband and wife. In early 2007, Catherine Voss and Draven began to contemplate murdering Cory Voss, who had a $400,000 life insurance policy and a $100,000 death gratuity through the military. Draven met David A. Runyon, 37, while at a medical research study in Baltimore, Md., and they discussed hiring Runyon, a former member of the U.S. Army and former police officer, to kill Cory Voss. The discussions continued and developed into a plan to pay Runyon $20,000 to murder Cory Voss at the Oyster Point Branch of Langley FCU. Sometime after 11:00 p.m. on April 29, 2007, Runyon--toting a firearm purchased earlier that day--entered Cory Voss’ truck and shot the sailor five times, killing him. Runyon was convicted of the murder of Voss in July and is eligible for the death penalty, a federal jury decided July 22.


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