A Rappahannock Circuit Court grand jury voted to indict a number of defendants this week on various drug-related, assault and firearms charges. Also on Monday, Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. sentenced — among others — two of three persons found guilty of breaking and entering Hackley’s Store in Amissville last May.
Dennis Jay Salmon, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge elsewhere in Virginia, was sentenced to eight years in state prison, with five years and 10 months suspended. Monica C. Fincham was sentenced to five years for the felony breaking-and-entering conviction, four of those years suspended.
A third defendant, Robert Q. Fincham II, who pleaded guilty in September, earlier received a suspended jail sentence. All three were also ordered to pay $100 restitution apiece to the store owners.
The grand jury gave its go-ahead to Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke to pursue abduction and firearms charges against Robert Lee Johnson Jr., 29, stemming from an incident in December during which he allegedly held a family member against her will and used a firearm in the process.
The grand jury also certified the commonweath’s attorney’s drug distribution charges against Allen Purcell Lewis, acquitted in Circuit Court last month on rape charges filed against him by Mary McPeak of Culpeper. The drug charges, Luke said, were based on witnesses’ testimony at the rape trial.
Thomas Edward Lee III was indicted on child abuse and drug distribution charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly gave prescription drugs to his infant daughter. Judge Whisenant agreed to a motion to allow Lee, held without bond since December, to attend a residential drug rehabilitation program in Fredericksburg.
Zikimo T. Sawyer was indicted by the grand jury on drug distribution and possession charges filed after State Police and Sheriff’s Office investigators raided his apartment in Amissville in November.
Judge Whisenant sentenced Jeffrey Allan Dwyer to two years, suspended, on a fraud conviction in which Dwyer was found to have taken money for a construction job that he never did. The judge also ordered Dwyer to pay back Wallace Anderson of Sperryville his $8,990, in monthly installments of no less than $300.