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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.

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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.

Castlewood Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison For Murder of Girlfriend

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.

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Victim/Witness Assistance Program Sponsors Candlelight Vigil

vigil-1Lebanon, VA — On October 27, 2016, the Russell County Victim/Witness Assistance Program sponsored a Candlelight Vigil in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Several victims and survivors attended the vigil and spoke about how domestic violence had affected them or their family members.

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Cleveland Man Convicted and Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Gary-Gene-StreetLebanon, VA — On October 13, 2016, Gary Gene Street, a 46 year-old man was convicted of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine, in the Russell County Circuit Court.  Street was sentenced to twenty-one (21) years, with thirteen (13) years suspended, and three (3) years supervised probation upon his release.  Street will immediately begin serving eight (8) years in prison.

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Cleveland, Virginia Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A Russell County man, who was prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous criminal convictions, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon after previously pleading guilty to federal firearms charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Roger Allen Combs, 51, of Cleveland, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of possession of an explosive device by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm not registered on the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record and one count of being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Today in District Court, Combs was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.

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Honaker Man Convicted and Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Distributions and Firearms Offenses

Lebanon, VA — On July 28, 2016, Michael Allen Alexander, a 41 year-old man was convicted of four counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, Distribution Near School Property, Robbery, Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Use of Firearm in Commission of Felony, in the Russell County Circuit Court.  Alexander was sentenced to twenty (20) years, with eight (8) years suspended, and three (3) years probation upon his release.  Alexander will immediately begin serving twelve (12) years in prison.

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21 Year Old Man Convicted and Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for “Sexting” with 13 Year Old

Lebanon, VA — On July 12, 2016, Ronald Dewayne Mickles, a 21 year-old man pled guilty to Soliciting Child Pornography From A Child Less than 15 Years of Age, in the Russell County Circuit Court.  Mickles was sentenced to ten (10) years, with five (5) years suspended, and three (3) years probation upon his release.

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