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Va. man sentenced in murder of drug witness

Friday - 11/15/2013, 6:32am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Suffolk man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a witness in a drug case against him and others.

Fifty-year-old Leroy Scott was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Norfolk.

Scott pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy, witness tampering, retaliation against federal witnesses and the use of a firearm resulting in the murder of Junior Bivins Jr. on Nov. 20, 2001.

Prosecutors say Scott was a cocaine dealer who sought to retaliate against Bivins and others for providing information to authorities about his drug distribution activities, weapons violations and other criminal offenses.

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