Matko shooter sentenced

The convicted murderer of Chester boy Ryan A. Matko, who was 16 at the time of his death, has been sentenced. Detavis J. King, 18, appeared in court last week after his conviction for first-degree murder and felony firearm charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Matko on August 22, 2007.

King was sentenced to 100 years in prison with 50 years suspended. Circuit Judge Frederick G. Rockwell III added three years for felony firearm possession. King was represented by defense attorney Greg Sheldon; on the prosecution’s side were Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney William W. Davenport, murder prosecutor Warren B. Von Schuch and Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kenneth E. Nickels.

Matko originally went missing on August 22, 2007 when he failed to show up for his shift at Wild Rose Café, owned by his mother, Rose Matko. His body was discovered the next day on Garden Ridge Trace in the Shadow Creek subdivision, in a wooded area. Police found gunshot wounds to his head and back. King was arrested in February 2009.

Matko was a Thomas Dale High School student at the time of his death and his father is a Richmond police detective.


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