A former Christian youth leader pleaded guilty on Feb.18 to six felony charges in connection with a string of residential burglaries that spanned seven Virginia counties. He was taken into custody in December 2012. In Albemarle County, the defendant was cited with 19 criminal charges. As part of a deal, prosecutors withdrew 13 of the counts, and he agreed to enter a guilty plea and accept a 28-year sentence, which he may be serving concurrently with penalties that he is facing in other jurisdictions.
West Virginia police officers have taken a man into custody who authorities believe robbed a bank in Loudon County on Jan. 22. Authorities also think that the man may have stolen lottery tickets from a convenience store in Ashburn. During the bank robbery, a man is reported to have jumped over the counter at a Bank of America and told employees to give him cash. He then fled from the bank in possession of the money.
A man was allegedly assaulted on the night of Dec. 20. After the man tripped, a group of men allegedly started laughing and making fun of him. Then man then confronted the group verbally. Police have not specified how the confrontation progressed, but the altercation reportedly became physical. The man who tripped reportedly did not want to comply with a police investigation that evening, but he went to the police the following day.
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.