Man who beat wheelchair-bound grandfather to death will serve 28 years behind bars
07/25/2019 7:54 am PDT
By Jon Burkett and Lia Tabackman, WTVR
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- The man who beat an elderly wheelchair-bound man to death will serve 40 years behind bars with 12 years suspended.
Michael Kevin McReynolds of Chesterfield was charged with first-degree murder in June of 2018 after beating 80-year-old Johnny Battle to death while he sat in a wheelchair behind his home.
Battle's long-term partner Regatha Pair says that while her soulmate isn't physically with her, she carries his spirit 24/7 in her heart.
"It's a rare kind, you don't see it much anymore... He was a man, he was my man," Pair said.
Even though Pair says the convicted felon hurled racial slurs with his fists and kicks, he was not charged with a hate crime.
The decision not to charge him doesn't sit well with her after she learned he had already been convicted of a hate crime towards an Asian man in 2003 in Vermont.
"First blow he hit Johnny in the forehead and called him the n-word and said something about it was his land and to stay away from his car, so I knew it was a hate crime then," Pair said.
McReynolds, a former military sniper, suffered from PTSD, according to his attorney.
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