Proffit Convicted of Breaking and Entering Jury Recommends a 20 Year Sentence

On Monday, a Buchanan County jury began what turned into the 3 day trial of Bobby Joe Proffitt, 40, of Cedar Bluff Virginia.  Proffitt was charged with Burglary of the home of Mark Taylor, Burglary of a detached garage, and Grand Larceny. At trial, Mark Taylor testified that upon return to his home after being away for several days, he…

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Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Prevails In One of Far Southwest Virginia’s First Jury Trials

On May 4, 2021, Buchanan County became the first county in the 29th Judicial Circuit (Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell, and Dickenson Counties) to successfully complete a jury trial after the Covid-19 pandemic.  In March of 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia halted all court hearings, except those deemed emergencies, such as protective orders, bond hearings, and other time sensitive matters.  However,…

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January Grand Jury

On January 11, 2021, the Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office convened its quarterly meeting of the Grand Jury. A total of 72 indictments were presented against a total of 21 defendants. At the request of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Gerald Arrington, those indictments were sealed.  When asked about the reasoning for sealing those indictments, Arrington explained “that if those indictments had…

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