Lebanon, VA — On October 22, 2018, Joshua Lamont Lee, a 36 year-old man from Castlewood, Virginia, was sentenced on 2nd Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding, Strangulation, and a Felony Probation Violation.
The charges stemmed from a November 2017 incident at the shared residence of Lee and Santana Danielle Hale, the victim. During that time, Ms. Hale was beaten and strangled to death. Several witnesses reported to law enforcement that Lee and Ms. Hale had a history of violence in their lengthy relationship.
On the 2nd Degree Murder, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 10 years suspended. On the Malicious Wounding, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with none suspended. On the Strangulation, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, with none suspended. The Court ordered the three sentences to run concurrently. On the Felony Probation Violation charge, he was sentenced to 2 years and 11 months in prison, with none suspended, to run consecutively to the other sentences. Lee will immediately begin serving 32 years 11 months in prison. If ever released, he will serve the remainder of his life on supervised probation.
Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots stated, “This case was about the life of Santana Hale. Her memory will continue to have an impact on this community while law enforcement, community outreach organizations, and our office aggressively serve domestic violence victims in Russell County.” Stoots also pointed out that “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we want to encourage victims to come forward so that we can get them the help they need.”
Commonwealth’s Attorney Jessica Jackson said, “I am pleased with this sentence and hope the family is now able to begin the healing process after this horrific event.”
This investigation was conducted by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Virginia State Police.