A man newly serving more than a decade and a half for a deadly Roanoke County shooting has had additional time levied against him in Roanoke.

Aaron Rashad Witcher, 28, pleaded no contest last month in the county to second-degree murder, robbery, using a firearm in a felony and having a gun as a felon. Those offenses came from a 2018 Cave Spring-area home invasion gone haywire. The robbery culminated with 35-year-old Amber C. Ross being shot and killed. On May 3, Witcher was sentenced to serve 16 years in prison.

But Witcher also carried suspended time in Roanoke from two unrelated older offenses: a total of 5½ years for having a gun and ammunition as a felon in 2015. He was still on probation when his county convictions occurred.

“This is about as bad a violation report as we could get,” Roanoke assistant prosecutor Joshua Dietz said at a hearing on the matter Wednesday in Roanoke Circuit Court, citing the escalation from gun possession to murder.

At the hearing, Witcher waved away his lawyer’s suggestion he testify in his own defense.

“You’re trippin’,” Witcher told his attorney, curtly. But he did ask Judge David Carson if any revoked time he received could run at the same time as his punishment in the county.

“This will absolutely run consecutively,” Carson said simply, and imposed the full amount, bringing Witcher’s total prison term to 21½ years.

Three other defendants were also arrested and charged after the fatal Roanoke County shooting. Their cases remain pending.

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Neil Harvey covers state courts in Franklin County and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. Follow him on Twitter @newsharvey

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