Buchanan County Man Sentenced to 75 Years for Shooting at Law Enforcement Officer

Joseph L Rayburn, 44, of Burnwell, Kentucky plead guilty to Attempted Aggravated Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Malicious Shooting a Firearm at an Occupied Law Enforcement Vehicle, Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, and Eluding Law Enforcement in the Buchanan County Circuit Court on September 22, 2021. On…

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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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Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years for Leading Officers on Wild Car Chase

Kenneth Ray Wyatt was sentenced to 20 years on August 28, 2019 in the Buchanan County Circuit Court for multiple crimes stemming from a car chase involving Buchanan County Sherriff’s Deputies.  Of that 20-year sentence, Wyatt will serve 6 years, 3 months as an active sentence, with the remainder suspended on the condition he complete 5 years of active supervised…

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Kentucky Man to Serve 12 Years for Property Crimes

Jonathan Shane Pinion, of Steele, Kentucky, was sentenced in the Buchanan Count Circuit Court last Wednesday for a crime spree he committed in July of 2017.  Pinion was convicted of two counts of Breaking and Entering, two counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property with Intent to Sell, one count of Possession of a Firearm by…

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West Virginia Man to Serve 14 Years for Possession of Child Pornography in Buchanan County

Jamie Grant Castle, 41, of Fort Gay, West Virginia, after previously being found guilty of 25 charges stemming from his possession of child pornography in Buchanan County, was sentenced to serve 14 years in a Virginia prison. Grant also received an additional 84 years in prison which was suspended on the condition that he complete 5 years of active supervised…

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Jury Recommends Life Plus 10

Late last week, a Buchanan County jury recommended that Travis Wade Spence, 45, of Grundy Virginia spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Spence had been previously found guilty of First-Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice by a different Buchanan County jury. According to Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington, Spence was previously found guilty of those charges…

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Jury Recommends 27 Years in Prison for Repeat Drug Dealer

Late Friday afternoon, a Buchanan County jury found Jerry Lee Morrow, 62, of Hurley, Virginia, guilty of two counts of Distribution of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance – 3rd or Subsequent Offense, one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition. The jury would later return with a sentence…

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Buchanan County Man Found Guilty of Felony Murder & Robbery; Sentence to 27 Years

Late yesterday evening, a Buchanan County jury found Steven Ray Matney, 33, formerly of Hazel Park, Michigan, guilty of First Degree Felony Murder, Robbery, and Use of a Weapon in the Commission of a Felony. The jury returned for a 8th day today to consider sentencing. After hearing additional evidence, the jury returned early this afternoon with a recommendation of…

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