Courts & Legal News

Woman gets 50-year sentence for child’s murder

Nicole D. Miller

January 23rd, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp Friday sentenced Nicole Dawn Miller to 50 years in prison for the first-degree murder of a 20-month-old boy she was caring for in a local apartment.

Locals see little impact from rules

January 21st, 2015

Local law enforcement officials said Wednesday they foresee little impact on their departments from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last week that he was ending part of the U.S. Justice Department’s asset forfeiture program.

Sheriff’s Office accused of tax avoidance

December 23rd, 2014

A recently unsealed court document shows the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office paid no taxes on cigarettes obtained for use in an undercover operation aimed at out of state cigarette smugglers.

Jail bans inbound Christmas cards after discoveries

December 22nd, 2014

Holiday greeting cards have been banned from Rappahannock Warren and Shenandoah regional jail since the staff discovered some that contained more than words of glad tidings and good cheer.

Child custody dispute drawn into murder case

December 12th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — An attorney told a judge Friday that the homicide of Simon Funk Jr. was the result of an aborted multiple murder plot in which her client and her client’s family were the intended victims.

Prisoner program slated to expand

December 8th, 2014

WHITE POST– Despite the closing of the White Post Diversion Center last month, the Fathers-in-Training rehabilitation program is set to expand, according to Bobby Hudnall, the program’s director and senior pastor at Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ.

Man indicted on two counts of malicious wounding

December 8th, 2014

A grand jury has handed up two indictments of malicious wounding against a Woodstock man accused by authorities of injuring a family member in a domestic violence incident.

Crack ring defendant facing 10 year prison sentence

November 28th, 2014

One of two remaining defendants in what the prosecution describes as a massive conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in and around Winchester will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if a federal judge accepts a plea agreement that will be submnitted to him next week.

Woman may get up to 60 years for child’s death

November 20th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — A local woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-month old child she had been caring for at her apartment.

Plea expected in murder case

November 18th, 2014

A woman accused of killing a 20-month-old child in June 2013 will plead guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley announced Tuesday.

Defendant gets 17-year sentence

November 18th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL – Lakisha Henry urged mercy and leniency for her husband, the man who authorities say nearly stabbed her

Heroin overdose defendant agrees to first offender program

November 6th, 2014

A woman who overdosed on heroin pleaded guilty or no contest Tuesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement that included participation in a first offender program and postponement of a final sentencing decision.

Sentence delivered for heroin deaths

November 6th, 2014

A woman convicted for her role in a pair of fatal heroin overdoses was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years on prison, less than half the sentence received by a co-defendant in the case last week.