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County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“Bridge Closed” signs up on Rt 205

“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virgini...

14-year-old equipment endangering lives

Oak Grove VFD Chief Mike Gutridge recently advised that he is very concerned about the decaying cond...

 

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Jury gives 80 years for violent home invasion

A Westmoreland County Circuit Court jury has convicted two men of a violent 2011 home invasion and sentenced them to 80 years in prison, the minimum sentencing allowed by law.  The pair is scheduled to appear before a circuit court judge on April 5, and the judge can maintain the lengthy sentences or suspend a portion of the time imposed by the jury.

Convicted after a circuit court trial and seven hours of jury deliberation were Phillip Parrotte, 46, and Lamont Turner, 38, both of Westmoreland County.  The pair was charged with robbery, breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon, abduction for pecuniary gain, two counts of use of a firearm for abductions and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

The two men were charged with breaking into a home on Gardy’s Mill Road on April 8, 2011 and abducting Deonta Garner and Janae Reed.  Parrotte and Turner, wearing masks and carrying guns, took jewelry and cash from the victims and then threatened them at gunpoint after their hands and feet had been tied with duct tape.

Neither victim could identify either of the assailants, but Mr. Garner told officers he thought he recognized Mr. Parrotte’s voice.  Mr. Turner’s ex-girlfriend testified that prior to the home invasion she heard Parrotte talking on the phone about robbing someone.  She said she did not come forward at the time because Parrotte threatened her.

Investigating officers reviewed a video from the Tappahannock Walmart showing the defendants buying masks about 14 hours before the home invasion.  Parrotte did not take the stand in his own defense, but Turner did and told jurors that even though he was at the Walmart with Parrotte, he did not participate in the robbery at Gardy’s Mill Road.

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