WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Circuit Court judge denied bond for a Waynesboro man who, prosecutors say, attempted to rob a bank in New Market earlier this year.
George Giovanna Wood, 50, appeared via video Thursday afternoon with his attorney to seek a release on bond from Judge Kevin C. Black. Wood’s attorney, Peter McDermott, said Wood would stay with Stacey Bevan, his co-defendant in the case.
Bevan is not being held and is charged with one count of conspiracy of larceny of banknotes and one count of accessory to larceny of banknotes.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office brought new charges against Wood after New Market police charged him with two counts of larceny of banknotes worth $500 or more. Prosecutors levied an additional charge of attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
McDermott told Black that Wood should be released on bond because the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Regional Jail is not adequately caring for his health. Wood is diabetic and said the jail is not providing him with his medication on a regular schedule.
Black was told by Wood that he is supposed to receive medication at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sometimes, he said, he gets his medications on time but sometimes it happens later, around 10 p.m.
Amanda Strecky, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, said Wood’s health issues have been addressed by the court already and that Judge Amy Tisinger ordered RSW last week to improve its care of Wood. Wood said the care had improved since the order came down.
Wood has a sparse criminal history, encompassing little more than a petty larceny charge. McDermott said that Wood’s decision to walk into the SonaBank in New Market in January, hand a note to a teller and walk out with cash was “probably the dumbest thing he is ever going to do.”
Wood doesn’t pose a threat to society, McDermott said, and the court has no reason to believe that Wood will flee or not appear in court when ordered to do so.
McDermott also argued that it was time to allow Wood out of RSW as he has been incarcerated since January and his preliminary hearing date is not until June.
Strecky conceded that Wood’s criminal history is light but the charges he is facing are serious. His willingness to walk into a bank in “broad daylight” and attempt to rob it should send up red flags for the court, Strecky said. Allowing him out on bond would be a “recipe for disaster,” she said.
Judge Black said he was unconvinced that Wood made a good candidate for bond. The main reason put forth for allowing him to be released was his health problems, Black said. Having dealt with RSW for many years, Black said, he did not believe that the jail is so inept at dealing with inmates’ medical issues that they are not caring properly for Wood.
Wood will appear again in Shenandoah County General District Court at 9:30 a.m. June 5 for a preliminary hearing.