Strasburg man to serve four years
WINCHESTER – A Strasburg man will serve four years in a state penitentiary for a malicious wounding charge dating back to 2012.
Brandon John Luttrell, 25, was indicted in Frederick County Circuit Court on Feb. 4 on a charge of aggravated malicious wounding and pled guilty to a charge of malicious wounding on Aug. 18 as part of a plea agreement.
Luttrell testified that on Aug. 24, 2012, his girlfriend at the time, Olivia Pitcock, was driving him home to Winchester from his job in Strasburg by Interstate 81. The two were engaged in a “pretty heated argument” and he said he had asked her to drop him off at his grandfather’s in Stephens City. He said he had grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to pull over and get out when the car flipped and ejected both of them.
After the crash, Luttrell was convicted of arson in Shenandoah County from a September 2012 incident and three drug distribution charges in Frederick County from June and July 2013 incidents.
He said he completed several programs including anger management and completion of his GED, although he wasn’t required to pursue them.
Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer had Luttrell apologize to Pitcock, who was in the courtroom for her own testimony.
“It’s not something I’ll ever get over,” Luttrell said of Pitcock’s injury.
Images of Pitcock’s leg around the time of the incident were submitted as evidence, and she showed the court her leg, saying “it bothers me here and there.” Judge Randy Bryant later said the photos reminded him of a hunter skinning a deer.
While testifying about the 2012 crash, Pitcock grew increasingly upset to the point where a recess was called. She said said she was prescribed multiple medications after spending two weeks at the hospital and became addicted to some.
Pitcock said that two convictions of drug distribution in Shenandoah County from October 2012 incidents were attempts to get Luttrell’s bond money by selling her pain medication.
In his closing argument, Spicer said that a four-year sentence would be a gift, considering the facts and circumstances of what happened.
“(Pitcock) will forever bear those scars … because of this impetuous act,” he said.
Bryant said Luttrell’s text messages to a friend following the incident proved that by taking the steering wheel, he had committed an intentional and malicious act. He called Luttrell’s actions “abject, utter, criminal stupidity,” as he could’ve caused similar injury to himself or other vehicles in the vicinity.
Bryant said the plea agreement was lenient and sentenced Luttrell to 10 years in a state penitentiary with six years suspended. A court document states that Luttrell has been ordered to pay $11,438.74 in restitutions to Pitcock.
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