Eric Campbell, 24, has been recommended by the jury assigned to his case to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after finding Campbell guilty of seven charges stemming from a crime spree spanning across several states.
Campbell and his father were involved in a shootout with local officers on I-64 after killing an elderly couple from Granville County, NC, as well as their two dogs, and driving up to West Virginia in their stolen vehicles, one of which contained the couple’s bodies. Campbell’s father proceeded to commit suicide while in prison, leaving his son to testify alone. Campbell was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder, first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree arson, and two counts of cruelty to animals.
Both sides submitted their closing arguments in court on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and the jury returned their verdict the next day. It was possible for Campbell to receive the death penalty for his crimes, however, the jury recommended a less severe punishment.