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Three men convicted in 2009 Newport News murder

Three men were convicted Wednesday by a jury for their roles in a 2009 murder in Newport News.

Mark Wallace, 36, of Williamsburg; Bryan Brown, 30, of Newport News; and Joseph Benson, 35, of Dorchester, Mass., were convicted of use of a firearm resulting in the death of Newport News resident Louis E. Joseph Jr. during a drug robbery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said.

The three men face up to life in prison.

According to court documents, Wallace recruited Benson, who traveled from Massachusetts to Virginia to help commit the drug robbery.

During the robbery on March 13, 2009, Benson and “another individual” entered the home and killed Joseph, shooting him multiple times.

Investigators believe the men pried open the front storm door of the house, then kicked in the main front door, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Evidence suggests the men beat Joseph in the living room after they broke in, then shot him in the den. After being injured, Joseph dragged himself out to the back deck, according to the complaint.

“Joseph died from between five and six gunshot wounds to the torso and thighs. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide,” the complaint says.

Wallace waited in the car while the robbery took place.

Investigators linked Benson to the crime scene through DNA evidence.

Brown helped transport the “murder weapons” to New York, where they were recovered through an undercover operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for July 19, Benson’s for July 24 and Wallace’s for Aug. 6.

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