Drug dealer gets 41 years in prison for 2001 murder

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A drug dealer who finally admitted his role in the 2001 slaying of a fellow dealer has been sentenced to 41 years in prison.

Justin Wolfe was just 20 years old when he was first charged with the murder of Daniel Petrole. He was sentenced Wednesday in northern Virginia. The sentence is the maximum allowed under a plea deal.

Wolfe, who led a multimillion-dollar drug ring while barely out of high school, was convicted and sentenced to death. At one point he was five days from execution.

But a federal judge stepped in, and questioned whether prosecutors withheld evidence and tampered with witnesses.

A new trial was ordered, and Wolfe finally admitted his guilt earlier this year in a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table.