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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Buchanan County Man To Serve Two and a Half Years For Escape

Nathaniel Reece Harris, 25, of Grundy Virginia entered guilty pleas to one charge each of Escape Without Force and Violation of Probation. During the sentencing hearing, the Commonwealth presented evidence that on November 2, 2017, Harris, who had appeared in the Circuit Court regarding his probation violation, escaped from custody. Officer Billie McGlothlin testified that as he was returning Harris…

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Former Buchanan County Teacher Sentenced for Drug Distribution

Last week, Lisa Kathleen Burns, 44, of Grundy, Virginia was ordered to serve a sentence near the highest end of the applicable sentencing guidelines. Burns had previously entered guilty pleas to one count each of Distribution of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance on School Property, Distribution of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, and…

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Dealer Gets Nearly Twice the Highest End of Sentencing Guidelines

Last week, James Michael Taylor, 62, of Barren Springs, Virginia was sentenced to serve 5 years of a 30 year sentence for his sales of Oxycodone to an undercover narcotics task force officer. During the sentencing hearing, Special Agent Anthony Skeens testified that on two separate occasions in Fall 2014, Taylor traveled to Grundy, Virginia and sold drugs to he…

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Gerald Arrington Kicks Off Annual “So, Now You’re 18” Program

On May 14th Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington kicked off his annual So, Now You’re 18 program for area high school seniors. This year, Arrington’s program kicked off at Council High School, and included multiple topics ranging from financial responsibility to potential legal issues facing adults. Arrington began working on this program in 2012, the same year that he took office….

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Crime Spree Results in 103 Year Sentence For Hurley Arsonist

Michael Jamie Stiltner, 39, of Hurley, Virginia was sentenced to a 103 year sentence by the Buchanan County Circuit Court last week as a result of a crime spree which began last spring.  Ultimately, the court suspended 89 years of the sentence on the condition that Stiltner serve an active 14 year prison sentence and complete 10 years of active…

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