Christiansburg man gets two life sentences plus 90 years for murder, sexual abuse of girlfriend’s son

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — McKenzie Hellman, the Christiansburg man accused of killing his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, was sentenced on Tuesday to two life sentences plus 90 years.

Back in March, a jury convicted Hellman for sexually assaulting Steven Meek II, as well as charges involving child pornography.

Then, in late July, Hellman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in the 2019 death of Meek.

According to Mary K. Pettitt, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Hellman was sentenced by Judge Turk for the following charges:

  • Object sexual penetration: Life
  • Forcible sodomy: Life
  • Produce child porn: 30 years
  • Distribute child porn: 10 years
  • Possess child porn: Five years
  • Murder: 40 years
  • Child abuse and neglect: Five years

“Little Steven Meek paid the ultimate price for Hellman’s evil choices. Hellman has little remorse,” said Pettitt. “Thankfully he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.”

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