Honaker, Va. man sentenced to 22 years in prison

David L Meadows

A 55-year-old Honaker, Va. man was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for shooting a 17-year-old back in March 2014 at his home.

According to a Russell County, Va. Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office news release, David Lee Meadows was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding and possession of a firearm by a felon Thursday.

On March 19, 2014, Meadows reportedly shot the juvenile with a .22 handgun in the face, and witnesses had told police that Meadows had been selling drugs to the juvenile prior to the shooting.

Meadows was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the attempted murder charge and 30 years for the aggravated malicious wounding charge with 13 years suspended.

The court ordered that the attempted murder and aggravated malicious wounding sentences run concurrently.

According to the release, Meadows was sentenced to five yeaers in prison on the possession of a firearm by a felon charge, which will run consecutive to the other sentences.

He will serve 22 years in prison and will be on three years of supervised probation following his release.

“I am very pleased with this conviction and what is essentially a life-sentence based on the defendant’s age,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Patton said. “The juvenile victim has been though a lot because of this violent act and deserved justice.”

“I am happy with this sentence and knowing that our community will be safer with this violent criminal off our streets,” Sheriff Steve Dye said.

The investigation was conducted by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Town of Honaker Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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