Cleveland Man Convicted and Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison For Shooting His Wife

Lebanon, VA — On April 29, 2015, Jack Randall Crabtree, a 69 year-old man from Cleveland, Virginia, was convicted of Murder, Use of Firearm in Commission of Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon.

The charges stemmed from a shooting at the Crabtree residence on February 3, 2014. On that day, Crabtree’s wife was found dead by first-responders after having been shot. Crabtree and his wife had been married for over 21 years and had a marriage with a long history of domestic violence. Witnesses testified at the sentencing hearing that they were not surprised Crabtree had killed his wife and said he had a history of violence.

On the Murder he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 10 years suspended. On the Possession of Firearm by Felon charge, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, with 4 years suspended. The Court ordered those two sentences to run concurrently. On the Use of Firearm charge, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison with none suspended, with it to run consecutive to the other sentences. Crabtree will, therefore, immediately begin serving 23 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised probation upon his release.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Patton stated, “I am very pleased with this conviction and what is essentially a life-sentence based on his age. The victim’s family have been waiting for justice since the shooting and today went a long way toward them finding peace after the loss of their loved one.” Patton further stated, “this case is an important reminder of how dangerous and deadly domestic violence can become if not reported and acted upon. I encourage anyone that is in an abusive relationship to seek assistance from the several agencies available in our area to help them.”
The Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Russell County Victim/Witness Program will provide assistance and referrals to the appropriate agencies for any persons suffering from domestic violence. You can reach those offices at (276) 889-8214 or (276) 889-8225.
This investigation was conducted by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.