In 2007 the FBI Uniform Crime Reports ranked Richmond as the 5th worst city for violent crimes with populations of 100,000 to 250,000.  Today Richmond is not in the top 25 of violent crime or murder. 
State and federal officials may opt to send violent criminals to face trial in Virginia rather than their current state due to Virginia judges being more willing to carry out execution. 
When the “Beltway sniper” was arrested for 10 killings in the Washington area in 2002, federal authorities opted to send him to Virginia for prosecution even though most of the shootings took place in suburban Maryland. 
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- Savage, David. "California killer faces Virginia execution". Los Angeles Times.