Southwest Virginia Woman to Serve 23 Years

A Southwest Virginia woman was sentenced to serve twenty-three years in prison for sex trafficking, child abuse, and numerous child pornography related charges. Angela Renee Dowell-Wilson, 34, previously pled guilty to thirteen felony charges ranging from commercial sex trafficking to the solicitation of child pornography. She was sentenced Monday in Russell County Circuit Court.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Reece Robertson presented digital evidence to show that the defendant planned to engage in sexual activity with a child and an adult male. Additionally, the Commonwealth’s evidence proved that the defendant solicited, produced, and distributed child pornography.

This case was initiated because a citizen came forward and made a complaint to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, said Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots. That complaint resulted in an extensive investigation which led to the arrest and conviction of Dowell-Wilson and her co-defendant, Tennessee native, Corey Parton. Stoots also stated, “my office is committed to protecting children in our community. We will continue to aggressively prosecute crimes of this nature and hope that this sentence deters others from committing similar offenses.”

This case was investigated by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Lebanon Man Arrested for Murder

Lebanon, VA — On February 15, 2019, Donald Ray Clark, a 56 year-old man from Lebanon, Virginia, was charged by warrant for 1st Degree Murder.

The charge against Donald Ray Clark stems from a December 2018 incident in which William Trigg Tignor’s life was taken as a result of a gunshot wound. The incident occurred in Lebanon, Virginia.

An extensive ongoing investigation continues to be conducted by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Lebanon Police Department; the Wise County Sheriff’s Office; and the Virginia State Police.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Zack Stoots stated, “This is a horrific event that should have never occurred.” Stoots also indicated that other details would be provided when the investigation is concluded.

Donald Ray Clark currently has pending criminal charges in the Russell County General District Court for Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Discharge a Firearm in an Occupied Dwelling, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, and Obstruction of Justice. These charges also stem from the December 2018 incident.

The accused is currently held in the Abingdon Regional Jail without bond.