Grimes pleads guilty in death of Grayson man

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Charges of first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter dropped

By Staff Reports

INDEPENDENCE — A 60-year-old Fries man will spend four years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after his arrest on charges related to the March 22, 2012, death of an unattended person.
Donald S. Grimes faced multiple charges in Grayson County Circuit Court after investigators responded to 70 Springwood Lane in the Carsonville community and found Gary R. Vaughan, 57, deceased in his residence.

Investigators observed contusions to Vaughan's face and also recovered items that raised their suspicions. 
The investigation led to Grimes, who admitted to being in a physical altercation with Vaughan on March 7, 2012.

An autopsy was performed on Vaughan at the medical examiner's office in Roanoke, and the cause of death was determined to be head trauma.
As a result of the investigation, deputies charged Grimes with first-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and malicious wounding in Vaughan’s death.
Grimes received his sentence April 5, when he entered a guilty plea to the malicious wounding charge, according to court papers. In exchange, the murder and involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped.
In the sentencing phase, Grimes received 15 years in prison for the malicious wounding, with 11 years of that sentence suspended.
The court ordered Grimes to be on good behavior for 15 years, according to documents. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.
In addition, the court ordered Grimes to pay costs of $445 and to make restitution of $1,394.50 to the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.