CWA Press Releases

Commonwealth v. Wayne Anthony Dickerson
November 16, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Wayne Anthony Dickerson of Galax was found guilty of one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Drug in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on November 15, 2012. Dickerson was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 3 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections the remaining sentence shall be suspended. Upon release from prison Dickerson will be placed on active supervised probation for 7 years.

The Twin County Drug Task Force investigated this case.

Commonwealth v. Timothy James Hicks
November 16, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Timothy James Hicks of Sparta, N.C. was found guilty of one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, one count of Possession of a Firearm While in Possession of a Schedule II Drug and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on November 15, 2012. Hicks was sentenced to serve 15 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 5 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections the remaining sentence shall be suspended. Upon release from prison Hicks will be placed on active supervised probation for 10 years.

The Twin County Drug Task Force investigated this case.

Commonwealth v. Richard Allen Hines
November 16, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Richard Allen Hines of Galax was found guilty of one count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on November 15, 2012. Hines was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 22 months in the Virginia Department of Corrections the remaining sentence shall be suspended. Upon release from prison Hines will be placed on active supervised probation for 3 years.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated these cases.

CASE UPDATE
Commonwealth v. Billy Ray Thompson
October 10, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Billy Ray Thompson of Galax was found guilty of violating his terms of probation in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on October 10, 2012. Thompson was sentenced to serve 3 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Previously, on April 25, 2012 of this year Mr. Thompson had been found guilty of Robbery and Malicious Wounding charges out of events arising in the City of Galax.  The 3 year sentence is in addition to an 8 year sentence that Thompson received for those charges.

Commonwealth v. Jeffery Lee Sechrist
October 10, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Jeffery Lee Sechrist of Cana was found guilty of two (2) counts of Sodomy, one (1) count of Production of Child Pornography, one (1) count of Statutory Burglary and one (1) count of Petit Larceny in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on October 10, 2012. Sechrist was sentenced to serve 44 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After 7 years is served in the Virginia Department of Corrections the remaining sentence shall be suspended. Upon release from prison Sechrist will be placed on active supervised probation for 10 years and will be required to register with the Virginia State Police as a sex offender.

Lyons would like to take this opportunity to thank the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for the excellent job they did in investigating and apprehending the individual responsible for this offense.

Commonwealth v. Bradley Stephen Dunham
September 26, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Bradley Stephen Dunham, Jr.,27, of Cana plead guilty to one count of Grand Larceny and one count of Trespassing in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on September 26, 2012. Dunham was sentenced to 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections with 8 years and 4 months suspended on the Grand Larceny charge and on the Trespassing charge. After serving his 1 year and 8 month active sentence Dunham will be placed on probation for 5 years.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. 

UPDATE—Commonwealth v. David Levelle Richardson
September 26, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that David Levelle Richardson,23, of Galax was tried on a probation violation in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on September 26, 2012. Richardson was found guilty and was sentenced to serve 4 years and 3 months in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Richardson was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony and Discharging a Firearm in an Occupied Dwelling after a jury trial on March 26 and 27 of this year. Richardson’s combined sentence from the underlying convictions and the probation violation is 13 years and 3 months to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Commonwealth v. Linda Sue Lambert
September 26, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Linda Sue Lambert,45, of Galax plead guilty to 3 counts of Distribution of a Schedule II Drug, on September 26, 2012 in the Carroll County Circuit Court. Lambert was sentenced to 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections with all but 6 months suspended on each count. Lambert’s total sentence is 30 years with 28 years and 6 months suspended.  She will serve an active sentence of 1 year and 6 months in the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Lambert had no previous felony or drug convictions prior to these offenses. 

The Twin County Drug Task Force investigated this case. 

Commonwealth v. Brian R. Sloppy
September 18, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Brian R. Sloppy, of New Millport, Pennsylvania plead guilty to Robbery and Conspiracy to commit Robbery in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on September 18, 2012. Circuit Court Judge Colin Campbell sentenced Mr. Sloppy to serve 20 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 5 years Sloppy will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation.  Sloppy and a female co-defendant robbed the CVS pharmacy located in Galax, Virginia on the 24th of June 2012 taking multiple opiate drugs including Oxycodone and Oxycotin.  Both were apprehended with the items in their possession within minutes of the Robbery. 

Lyons would like to take this opportunity to thank the Galax Police Department for the excellent job they did in investigating and apprehending the individuals responsible for the offense.

Commonwealth v. Shane Rodrick Burcham
August 16, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Shane Burcham, 24, of Hillsville plead guilty to (5) counts burglary, (4) counts grand larceny, and (1) count credit card theft in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on August 16, 2012. Burcham was sentenced to serve 50 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 2 years and 10 months Burcham will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for 15 years.  Burcham was ordered to pay restitution to all victims in these cases. 

The Hillsville Police Department investigated these cases.

Commonwealth v. Shawn Gabriel Lindsey
August 16, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Shawn Gabriel Lindsey,30, of Hillsville plead guilty to 3 counts of Statutory Burglary and 3 counts of Grand Larceny in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on August 16, 2012. Lindsey had broken into several storage lockers along with a co-defendant. Lindsey was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 18 months Lindsey will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years. His co-defendant, Jeffrey Lynn Reynolds, plead guilty on June 18, 2012 to the same charges and received an active sentence of 42 months.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. 

Commonwealth v. Douglas Austin Jennings
August 13, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Douglas Austin Jennings,29, of Galax plead guilty to (1) count robbery, (1) count aggravated malicious wounding, (1) count Statutory Burglary and (1) count malicious wounding in the commission of a robbery in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on August 13, 2012. Jennings was sentenced to serve 20 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 5 years Jennings will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for 5 years. Jennings’ co-defendant, Billy Ray Thompson, pled guilty to the same offenses on April 25, 2012 and received an 8 year active sentence.

The Galax Police Department investigated these cases.

August 4, 2012

At the 73rd annual Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Summer Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia on August 4, 2012, Nathan Lyons was elected to the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Board.  Lyons will serve a two year term representing all Commonwealth’s Attorneys in the 9th Congressional District.  The Board is responsible for organizing training opportunities and instruction for the approximately 750 prosecutors throughout Virginia as well as providing comment to the General Assembly for bills of interest to Commonwealth’s Attorneys. 

UPDATE - Commonwealth v. Denise Lee and Gregory Lee
August 2, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that husband and wife Gregory Lee, 41, and Denise Lee, 40, both of Austinville were sentenced on the charge of Distribution of Methamphetamine on August 2, 2012.  Circuit Court Judge Brett L. Geisler sentenced Ms. Lee to 20 years in the department of corrections after she has served 9 months of that sentence she will be released to supervised probation for the remainder of that sentence.  Mr. Lee was sentenced to serve 25 years in the Department of Corrections after 2 years and 9 months are served he shall be released to supervised probation. 

Mr. Lyons wanted to commend the work of the Twin County Drug Task force that ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of the Mr. and Mrs. Lee. 

Commonwealth v. Jeffrey L. Reynolds
June 18, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Jeffrey L. Reynolds, of Hillsville plead guilty to (3) counts of grand larceny, and (3) counts of breaking and entering in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on June 18, 2012. Reynolds was sentenced to serve 3 years and 6 months.  After release Reynolds will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case. 

Commonwealth v. Christopher Scott Linville
May 23, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Christopher Scott Linville, of Hillsville plead guilty to (3) counts of forcible sodomy, and (2) counts of object sexual penetration in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on May 23, 2012. Linville was sentenced to serve 225 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 12 years Linville will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for 20 years. Linville will also have to register as a violent sex offender with the Virginia State Police.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

Commonwealth v. Cody Anthony Inman
May 2, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Cody Anthony Inman,22, of Hillsville plead guilty on May 2, 2012, to two counts of Statutory Burglary, one count of Grand Larceny, one count of Receiving Stolen Property, three counts of Petit Larceny 3rd and to violating his probation conditions. Inman was sentenced to 45 years to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 3 years and 5 months the remainder of the sentence shall be suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years.

These cases were investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department.

Commonwealth v. Verlin Dean Hall
May 2, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Verlin Dean Hall,34, of Hillsville plead guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of Statutory Burglary, one count of Arson, one count of Larceny of a Firearm, one count of Possessing a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and to violating his probation conditions. Hall was sentenced to 21 years to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 4 years the remainder of the sentence shall be suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years.

The case was investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Eric Lowe
April 25, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Thomas Eric Lowe,39, of Cana plead guilty to receiving stolen property, possession of a sawed off shotgun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm and drugs, possession of a schedule II substance and a probation violation in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on April 25, 2012. Mr. Huff was sentenced to serve 21 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 7 ½ years Mr. Huff will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years.  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. 

Commonwealth v. Gregory Lee
Commonwealth v. Denise Lee
April 12, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealths Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that husband and wife Gregory Lee, 41, and Denise Lee,40, both of Austinville pled guilty without an agreement on April 12, 2012, to one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine each.

According to Lyons the conviction resulted from a purchase of methamphetamine from the couple on May 13, 2010 at a residence in Galax.

The couple will be sentenced on July 11, 2012 by Judge Brett L. Geisler in the Carroll County Circuit Court. The case was investigated and handled by the Twin County Drug Task Force.

Commonwealth v. Rogelio Solis Perez
April 25, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that Rogelio Solis Perez, 34, of Lambsburg plead guilty to (1) count rape, (6) counts aggravated sexual battery and (7) counts incest in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on April 25, 2012. Perez was sentenced to serve 105 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 20 years Perez will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for the rest of his life. Perez will also have to register as a violent sex offender with the Virginia State Police.  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. 

Commonwealth v. William Melton Muma, Jr.
April 25, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that William Melton Muma, Jr.,27, of Maryland plead guilty to Robbery in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on April 25, 2012. Muma was sentenced to serve 40 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving 18 years and 11 months Muma will have the remainder of his sentence suspended and he will be placed on active supervised probation for a period of 10 years.

The robbery occurred 1/2/10 at the Hillsville CVS. Muma entered the CVS and pointed a firearm at the employees while demanding pills. After collecting the pills Muma fled the scene and was apprehended in Maryland. As a part of the plea Muma must pay $16,522.90 in restitution.

The Hillsville Police Department was assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and many other agencies in the investigation of this case.

Commonwealth v. David E. Huff
April 12, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealths Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that David E. Huff, 44, of Dugspur was found guilty of a probation violation after a trial in the Circuit Court of Carroll County on April 12, 2012. Mr. Huff was sentenced to serve 4 years of his previously suspended sentence.

According to Lyons Mr. Huff was serving a sentence out of Carroll County when he made a solicitation to murder his estranged wife. A jury in Pittsylvania County found Huff guilty of the solicitation and sentenced him to 10 years to serve. The new conviction was the basis for the probation violation.

Commonwealth v. David Levelle Richardson
March 27, 2012

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons announced today that David Levelle Richardson, 22, of Galax, was convicted by a jury on March 27, 2012, of involuntary manslaughter of Bryon Wilson, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharge of a firearm within an occupied dwelling.  The jury recommended a sentence of 9 years total, 4 years on involuntary manslaughter, 3 years on the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and 2 years on discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

According to Lyons the conviction resulted from the shooting death of Mr. Bryon Wilson after a fight in the residence occupied by Bryon Wilson and his girlfriend in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.  Several witnesses present at the scene testified at the trial of this case. 

Mr. Richardson has been incarcerated at the New River Valley Regional Jail since this offense.  The case was investigated and handled by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.