Chesterfield teen prosecuted for killing of elderly neighbor


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield teenager has been sentenced to 35-years in prison for killing his elderly neighbor.

In April 2019, 17-year-old Rafael Angel Vargas killed 87-year-old Bryan Walker with a hammer. He later returned to the home to vandalize it with gang graffiti.

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Vargas pleaded guilty to the crime in January and was originally scheduled for sentencing on April 14. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Vargas was sentenced on Tuesday for what the judge called a crime of extreme brutality.  Prosecutors say the teen tried to make it look like Walker was killed during a robbery by an MS-13 gang member. Walker was considered one of Chesterfield County’s leading advocates for historic preservation. 


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