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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BUCHANAN COUNTY MAN TO SERVE 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTACKING WIFE WITH A HAMMER

Buchanan County Man to Serve 10 Years in Prison for Attacking Wife with a Hammer Paul Douglas Guffey, 65, of Grundy, Virginia, appeared in the Buchanan County Circuit Court last week to be sentenced on one count of Aggravated Malicious Wounding During the hearing, Guffey’s wife testified that on December 23, 2012, Guffey had been drinking heavily all day, resulting…

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BUCHANAN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR POACHING 4 ELK, 3 DEER, A BLACK BEAR AND A BOBCAT

Buchanan County Man Sentenced For Poaching 4 Elk, 3 Deer, A Black Bear and A Bobcat On June 19, 2017, Nelson Drummond received a sentence of 2,370 days plus an additional 6 months of incarceration, a 5 year loss of hunting privileges, and restitution of $25,500 for poaching 4 elk, 3 deer, a black bear and a bobcat. On June…

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BUCHANAN COUNTY COUPLE GIVEN LENGTHY SENTENCES FOR FIREARM AND MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CHARGES

  Buchanan County Couple Given Lengthy Sentences For Firearm And Marijuana Distribution Charges Terry Kenneth Hunt, 54, and Kelly Matney, 43, of Buchanan County, plead guilty and were sentenced for charges of Manufacturing Marijuana, Distribution of More than 5 Pounds of Marijuana, and Possession of a Firearm while Distributing More than 1 Pound of Marijuana.  In addition to the marijuana…

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BUCHANAN COUNTY RESIDENT TO SERVE 14 YEARS IN PRISON ON METHAMPHETAMINE AND FIREARM CHARGES

Buchanan County Resident to Serve 14 Years in Prison on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges Earlier this month, the Buchanan County Circuit Court sentenced Charles Wayne Sexton, 25, to 67 years in the state penitentiary, with 53 years of that sentence suspended for 3 counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 2 counts of being a Violent Felon in Possession of a…

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ZIG HOWARD SENTENCED TO LIFE PLUS 10 YEARS IN HISTORIC CASE

Zig Howard Sentenced to Life Plus 10 Years in Historic Case Zig Howard , 63, of Raven, Virginia was convicted this past Friday in what Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington called a historical case for his county.  After hearing evidence for most of the day, it took a Buchanan County jury less than an hour of deliberating before it…

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