Chantilly’s Frank D. Price on Nov. 18 received a sentence of 42 years in prison without parole for the 2017 murder of his wife, Winsome Ann Marie Price, in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
Price, 50, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder Oct. 8, nearly three years after the Oct. 28, 2017 incident.
Judge Stephen E. Sincavage handed down the sentence, at the end of which Price — if still alive — will be placed on permanent, supervised probation, according to the Loudoun County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
“As shared by her daughter and by all accounts, Ms. Price was an amazing woman, a loving mother, and someone that was a treasure to her family and our community,” Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj (D) said in a prepared statement after the sentencing.
Biberaj, along with Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce A. Johnson, represented the commonwealth in the case, while Wayne Kim and Ryan Campbell represented Price.
Shortly before 8:15 a.m. the day of the incident, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Gayfeather Drive in Chantilly after a family member reportedly found the 36-year-old victim dead in her home.
A couple hours earlier, the LCSO had responded to a head-on crash involving Frank Price in the area of Gum Spring Road and Mayhew Lane, and he was transported to Reston Hospital for minor injuries.
The second person involved in the crash, Kathy Kaso, was also hospitalized with serious injuries. She and her family were reportedly present at Wednesday’s hearing.
The ensuing LCSO investigation found Price had called a family member to come to the residence prior to having been involved in the crash.
Per authorities, that family member discovered Winsome Price’s body at the home, which the Price’s three children were also inside.
All three of those children, one son and two daughters, gave testimony during Price’s sentencing hearing.
Per the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, the eldest daughter said she “knew something was wrong in the home” prior to her mother’s death, saying she had started cooking simpler meals and that fights between her and her husband had intensified.
When the eldest daughter told her mother to leave Frank Price, Winsome Price’s response was she wished to grant her husband “one more chance … to make things right … for him to be a good father and husband.”
“It has been a difficult 3 years – especially for the children,” Biberaj said. “The children’s brave and heartfelt testimony reminds us as to the devastation acts of domestic violence cause to our communities.”
— Times-Mirror staff report