Courts & Legal News

Man sentenced to 50 years for slaying at hotel

Lucas Scott Ward

June 29, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday sentenced Lucas Scott Ward to 50 years in prison for the 2014 second-degree murder of Corry Patrick O’Neill in a hotel room at the Ramada Inn in Strasburg.

Wiseley appeals dismissal of shooting death case

June 24, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s chief prosecutor is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss a case against a man accused of accidentally shooting and killing a woman in 2014.

Heroin dealer sentenced to 31 years

U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr., left, praises area efforts to stop heroin trafficking at a news conference in front of the Winchester Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. Other area officials at the conference included, second from left:  Winchester Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher, Drug Enforcement Agency  Agent Stanley Kennedy, and Virginia State Police Special Agent Jay Perry. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

June 15, 2016

A Maryland man connected with three heroin overdose deaths in and around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

Shafer accepts plea deal

Claude Shafer Jr.

June 15, 2016

WOODSTOCK — Three years after the lethal stabbing of Phyllis Kline, 65, in her Edinburg home, Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. has accepted a plea bargain and submitted an Alford guilty plea of murder in the first degree.

Couple’s arson linked to probate dispute

June 1, 2016

A couple involved in a protracted struggle for control of property where a barn burned to the ground pleaded guilty Wednesday to arson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Heroin, crack dealer sentenced to 12 1/2 years

June 1, 2016

The last of nine defendants charged in a conspiracy blamed for spreading staggering amounts of heroin and crack around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 12 ½ years in prison.

Hoover exits courtroom at 85

Shenandoah County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp, left, chats with court bailiff Buddy Hoover, 85, who worked his last day on Tuesday. Hoover has worked as bailiff for the past 22 1/2 years.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 31, 2016

Few people have seen the inside of a courtroom more than Buddy Hoover during his 22 ½ year career as a bailiff in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

County man sentenced in child molesting case

Mark Darnell

May 25, 2016

Mark Edward Darnell insisted at a sentencing hearing Wednesday that he was no child molester, but Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp decided otherwise and ordered him to serve 4 ½ years in prison.

Cocaine dealer sentenced to 13 years

May 18, 2016

A Mount Jackson man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to drug charges stemming from a series of cocaine deals made with a confidential law enforcement informant.

Man convicted of attempted murder

Phillip Wilson

May 16, 2016

A town resident pleaded no contest Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to attempted murder and three related charges in a shooting that left the victim hospitalized for several weeks.

Woman gets prison in hit-and-run case

May 16, 2016

A woman identified as a passenger in a hit-and-run vehicle that ran over another woman during a drug deal was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to two years and two months in prison.

Heroin dealer sentenced to almost 14 years

Tyrell Anton “Weezy” Jones

May 11, 2016

A man at the center of a ring that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Baltimore and Winchester in amounts that may have exceeded a combined 100 pounds was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 13 years and nine months in prison.