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Third person sentenced in home invasion

Philip Runion

WOODSTOCK – A third co-defendant pleaded guilty Wednesday to playing a role in a November home invasion.

Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Philip L. Runion in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison with nine years and six months suspended for one count of stealing more than $5 from a person and two years, all suspended, for grand larceny. Ritchie ordered Runion to complete three years of supervised probation.

A grand jury had indicted Runion in February on two counts of abduction and one count each of robbery and grand larceny. An agreement reached between Runion’s lawyer, Michael Araj and Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley called for the defendant to plead guilty to stealing more than $5 from a person, reduced from robbery, and the one count of grand larceny. In exchange for the pleas, the court dismissed the two counts of abduction. Ritchie accepted the plea agreement.

Authorities accused Runion, Adrian P. Brown, Aaron M. Branham and Brian E. Shea of entering a residence at 113 S. Church St., Woodstock, on Nov. 24 to remove an occupant from the home as requested by another person inside, according to court documents and information provided by Wiseley. Branham recruited the co-defendants and went to the residence, Wiseley told the judge by way of a proffer of the commonwealth’s evidence at the defendant’s plea hearing and sentencing.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Branham earlier this summer to 10 years in a state penitentiary with all but nine years and three months suspended for stealing more than $5 from a person and three years, all time suspended, for grand larceny. The court dismissed Branham’s remaining two counts of abduction under terms of an agreement reached between defense lawyer Charles Ramsey and the commonwealth. Hupp also ordered Branham to serve 12 months of a previously suspended sentence for violating the terms of his probation.

Hupp sentenced Shea to four years in prison with two years and six months suspended for one count of abduction and four years, all time suspended, for a second count of the same offense. The court dismissed Shea’s remaining charges of robbery and grand larceny under a plea agreement reached between the defendant’s attorney, Brad Pollack,  and the prosecution.

Brown, also known as Adrian Pyle, stands charged with two counts of abduction and one count each of robbery and grand larceny. She is scheduled to appear in circuit court Sept. 12. Brown also stands charged with six drug offenses unrelated to the Nov. 24 incident.

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