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Buchanan Co man sentenced for shooting son, another for B&E

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On June 3, 2015, a Buchanan County Circuit Court jury recommended a sentence of 22 years 6 months for convicted felon, Bradley Dewayne Hurley, 45, of Vansant, Virginia. According to Commonwealth's Attorney, Gerald Arrington, the trial stemmed from the May 2013 breaking and entering, larceny, and destruction of property from a residence belonging to Jennifer Colley located on Murphy Road.

Testimony at the trial revealed that Hurley and his accomplice, Adam Bowman, bent the front door of Ms. Colley's trailer and entered her home. After arriving at Ms. Colley's residence, Deputies found Bowman inside the residence hiding under a tote. Bowman stated that Hurley was present and fled the scene across the river. Hurley told the officers he was at the home, but that he did not do anything wrong.

In contrast, prosecutors pointed out that the night Hurley was arrested, officers found Iraqi money and a bone handled knife in Hurley's possession that Ms. Colley testified came from her home. Further, the deputies testified that Hurley was wet from his waist down. Ms. Colley testified that while on leave from active military duty, she came back to her home and discovered that it had been destroyed. The intruders smashed items such as her daughter's plaster handprint, for no apparent reason. Additionally, they took items she had collected throughout her life, including her deceased father's watch. She explained to the jury that she no longer felt comfortable with being in her own home.

Hurley's co-conspirator, Bowman pled guilty to all of his charges back in May 2013. However, Hurley decided to continue to trial. Gerald Arrington stated that, “Mr. Hurley could have accepted responsibility for his actions and asked the Judge to follow the sentencing guidelines that called for 5 years. However, he asked 12 respected members of this community to pass judgment and determine a fair sentence. As I have repeatedly argued to the court during my tenure as Commonwealth's Attorney, this community is tired of criminals continually breaking into homes and stealing the property and security of their lives. His sentencing is scheduled for August 12, 2015, and I will ask the Court to impose the sentence recommended by the jury.”

According to Arrington, this was not a first offense for Hurley, who had already been convicted for six prior felonies, including Grand Larceny and Breaking and entering in Dickenson County, for theft from D.O.W. Coal Company and Hurley's sister's home, while she was at the hospital for cancer treatment.

When asked for comment, Arrington thanked the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office and their deputies for their investigation of this case.

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On June 4, 2015, Scotty Whitt, 48, of Hurley, Virginia, pled no contest in the Buchanan County Circuit Court to the aggravated malicious wounding of his son, Josh Whitt, in June of last year. Whitt also entered pleas to charges of possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon, domestic assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. A jury was scheduled to hear Whitt's case that day but Whitt exercised his right to enter a plea to all charges. Whitt's case is scheduled for August 25, 2015 for a sentencing hearing in which the local Circuit Court Judge will decide punishment.

The Commonwealth's evidence showed that on June 2, 2014, Scotty Whitt's son, Josh Whitt, who lived close by to the Whitt residence, responded to a call from his father who stated that he had assaulted Josh's younger brother. Josh Whitt went to his father's residence in hopes of finding his younger brother and taking him home to prevent further physical abuse by Scotty. According to Buchanan County Investigator, Eric Breeding, Josh arrived at the residence, got out of his car and approached the defendant's house. He found his father drinking and cursing. Josh tried to approach the steps of the house to calm Scotty down, however, Scotty responded by threatening to bury him. Recognizing that his father was going inside his home to get a gun, Josh began running to the car and told his girlfriend, who was pregnant, to get back in the car. As he opened the car door to leave, the Defendant fired a shotgun blast directly at him. While the car door took much of the blast, Whitt received extensive injuries to his side and also had shotgun pellets permanently lodge themselves in his eye.

When asked for comment, Arrington praised the work of the investigators and deputies of the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department for their hard work during this investigation.

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