It has taken two months for City of Fairfax police investigators to determine who burglarized a local business back in September. However, they finally took a person into custody Nov. 7 and booked him on numerous charges.
Virginia parents could be in the same situation as a Texas family that was nearly torn apart after a father was wrongfully charged with abusing his infant daughter. The family is now seeking to help others who are in similar situations.
A Virginia court judge on Oct. 16 handed down a sentence to one of two defendants accused in a home invasion and armed robbery last year. The 32-year-old Chesapeake man received a reduced prison sentence in connection with the November arrest. On two counts of robbery and two counts of using a firearm, the circuit court judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison with 14 years suspended.
A 30-year-old man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter stemming from an incident at a Virginia Waffle House in 2012. The trial on the criminal charge ended with the jury pronouncing the man guilty and recommending that he serve 10 years in prison for the offense, which was the maximum sentence possible on the charge. The 30-year-old had been charged after allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old man in the parking lot.
On Sept. 6, a former day laborer was sentenced in Fairfax County court following a guilty plea. The man was charged with cutting the posteriors of nine women with an X-Acto knife. He was taken into custody in Peru in January 2012 and extradited to the United States in December to face the criminal charges.
A 23-year-old man was taken into custody last weekend and charged with multiple felonies, including attempted carjacking. He also allegedly punched an elderly man after he crashed a stolen vehicle into road signs, mailboxes and a telephone pole near Gladeville School.
After pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter, a Virginia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The altercation between the former Radford University student and another man took place outside of a bar in 2011. According to police, the man was found unconscious on the ground with head injuries consistent with a fall. He was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital but did not regain consciousness.
On June 27, a 20-year-old Virginia resident was found guilty of an attempted murder, grand larceny, entering a house while armed and using a firearm to commit a felony. The felony charges were connection to a shooting and break-in that reportedly took place in December 2012 in which the young man reportedly stole three motorcycles. The owner of the motorcycle was alerted by his security alarm and went to investigate his garage. He told authorities that he found three men in his garage and told them that the police had been called.
People in Virginia might be interested to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can collect DNA samples from anyone who is arrested for a serious crime. While this limits privacy rights for anyone facing a criminal charge, the DNA collection will give police the ability to solve cold cases. The ruling came about after police were able to link a man to a sexual assault based on DNA that was collected when the man was arrested for an unrelated assault.
A Virginia doctor was arrested on May 10 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and dozens of charges of felony distribution of narcotics. The criminal charges came as a result of a regional investigation into illegal prescription drug distribution, which led to a total of 95 indictments on May 6.