Virginia man is sentenced for the murders of his father and brother
Zachary Toothman, 21, was sentenced on November 20th, 2017, for the murders of his father, Michael Toothman, 53, and his brother, Matthew Toothman, 17. He shot his mother as well but she survived. The murders occurred on August 7th, 2016.
Police say that Zachary’s parents were sitting in the living room that morning when they heard popping noises upstairs. When they went up the stairs to investigate they saw Zachary coming down the stairs with his fathers gun in his hands. Michael was a 30 year Veteran of the Chesapeake police department. Zachary shot Michael in the arm, and Michael asked him what he was doing, and told him that he loved him. Zachary beat his dad over the head with the gun and shot him again. He shot and wounded his mother and she was able to get outside and tell a neighbor that Zachary had shot her. Zachary originally tried to say that his mother shot and killed his father and brother, but he eventually admitted that it was him.
Zachary was failing out of college at Virginia Tech, and was placed on academic probation. He didn’t want to go back to school. He told his mother before he shot her that he didn’t want to go back. She told him that he didn’t have to if he didn’t want to, and they could talk about it if he just gave her the gun. He told her it would be easier if she just turned around because it was either her or him. He shot his mother in the head after that conversation.
Zachary has been sentenced to two life sentences plus 23 years.