Attack on two Shenandoah University students left one victim severely injured
By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- The remaining defendants pleaded guilty Friday to their roles in a 2010 attack on two university students at Jim Barnett Park that left one victim severely injured.
Jeffrey A. Lineburg Jr., 23, appeared in Winchester Circuit Court with his attorney, David Hensley. Under an agreement reached with the commonwealth, Lineburg pleaded guilty as charged to malicious wounding by mob and assault and battery by mob.
Daniel J. Yaggi, 20, of 105 Highview Circle, appeared with his attorney, Gregory Bowman. Yaggi's agreement called for the defendant to plead guilty to the amended charge of felony unlawful wounding, instead of malicious wounding by mob as originally indicted, and misdemeanor assault and battery by mob.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Abrams explained Lineburg and three other men approached Matthew Breeden and Michael Petyak as the two Shenandoah University students stood near the basketball court at Jim Barnett Park on May 25, 2010.
The "vicious attack," as Abrams has called it, left Breeden semi-conscious and severely injured. He underwent facial reconstructive surgery and continues to undergo treatment, Abrams said. Petyak was struck several times, fell to the ground and ended up under a vehicle from where he saw the others hit Breeden, the prosecutor said.
Abrams credited three men with arriving on the scene in time to chase off the defendants and render aid to the victims.
In Yaggi's case, evidence would have shown the defendant played a lesser role in the altercation, but at one point did brag to someone that he kicked one of the victims, Abrams said. The prosecutor said Yaggi spoke to a woman by cell phone just prior to the incident. The woman would have testified that she could hear noises of the altercation in the background before the connection went dead.
Hensley noted that the incident involved four defendants, that the commonwealth had sentenced one and dropped charges against another.
In separate hearings Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. accepted both agreements. Wetsel scheduled Lineburg's sentencing hearing for March 6. Malicious wounding by mob carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison while the other conviction can result in up to 12 months in jail.
The judge sentenced Yaggi as set forth in the