Woodstock man sentenced to diversion program

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man on Wednesday was sentenced to a diversion program after he pleaded guilty in December to forgery.

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp sentenced Adam McGowan, 32, of Woodstock, to 42-48 weeks in the Community Corrections Alternative Program (CCAP), which aims to help reform non-violent offenders who need more than probation but less than incarceration, according to their website.

McGowan had previously been evaluated and approved for the program.

“Let’s try to get you on a path so hopefully we are not here again,” Hupp said.

McGowan was also ordered to make restitution of more than $6,000 to the victim and to the Virginia State Police. McGowan, upon completion of and release from the program, will be placed on three years of supervised probation.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley said the program is a rehabilitative program that offers job training, which would put McGowan in a position to make restitution.

The program also offers substance abuse treatment if needed and cognitive or behavioral treatment, according to their website.

McGowan admitted in December he forged the signature on several stolen checks, and wrote them out to himself before taking them to a bank to be cashed for varying amounts. McGowan was working for the victim in this case by doing manual labor in exchange for a place to live and McGowan admitted to stealing the checks from the victim’s truck. McGowan, who was also identified on the bank’s surveillance video, took over $2,200 from the victim’s account with the forged checks.

McGowan pleaded guilty to four counts of forgery and four counts of identity theft as part of a plea agreement, which also called for eight other fraud-related charges to be dismissed.

Other hearings in court on Wednesday included the appearance of co-defendants Colby Mumaw, 16, of Mount  Jackson,  and 19-year-old Breaunna Anderson-Hinkle.

Hinkle was indicted on two additional charges of abduction by force and or intimidation on Wednesday by a Shenandoah County grand jury, according to court records.

Louis Campola, Shenandoah County Deputy Commonweath’s Attorney,  said Mumaw will face the possibility of two additional charges himself that will be heard by a grand jury on Feb. 14. Campola would not disclose what those charges could be or if they were the same as Anderson-Hinkle.

Mumaw is accused of setting up an ex-girlfriend to be assaulted by Anderson-Hinkle, who allegedly attacked the girl and caused “severe bruising and swelling to her face and head” from kicking, punching and strangling her, the criminal complaint against Anderson-Hinkle states. Mumaw was indicted in November on two counts of malicious bodily injury after the case was transferred from Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to the Circuit Court.

Mumaw allegedly picked up the victim to go to Walmart with him, and when he drove down a back road to pull over and urinate, Anderson-Hinkle allegedly emerged from the trunk and confronted the victim, striking her in the face. The victim was stranded and unaware of where she was when she called 911 for help.

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