Probation violation adds to prison sentence

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David Richardson already is serving nine years for involuntary manslaughter

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 23-year-old Galax man already sentenced to serve nine years in prison for manslaughter has gotten four more years added to his period of incarceration for a probation violation, according to the Carroll County prosecutor.
David Levelle Richardson had already been convicted in Carroll County Circuit Court of the involuntary manslaughter of Bryon Jordan Wilson at a May 18, 2010, gathering at a home in Pipers Gap.
Some horseplay at the party quickly got out of hand, with testimony at the trial indicating that Wilson had hit Richardson in the back of the head with a wrench. Then, Richardson fired three shots, one hitting Wilson in the chest.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Richardson received a verdict of guilty of involuntary manslaughter from the jury, as well as using a firearm and discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling,
Richardson returned to court on Sept. 26 to face the probation violation charge, according to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons in a news release.
Tried and found guilty, Lyons said the court gave Richardson another four years and three months of incarceration to add to his previous sentence, for a total of 13 years and three months in prison.
Carroll County Circuit Court records shows that Richardson had pleaded guilty to distribution of a schedule II substance in 2008 and guilty of violating a court order in 2009.
The additional fours and three months of prison time was the suspended sentence from the 2008 drug distribution conviction.
Prosecutors asked for all that time to be reinstated after the manslaughter conviction.

Other Guilty Pleas
In other court news announced by Lyons:
• Linda Sue Lambert, 45, of Galax pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of a schedule II drug.
“Lambert was sentenced to 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections with all but 6 months suspended on each count,” Lyons said.
“Lambert's total sentence is 30 years with 28 years and 6 months suspended.”
That means Lambert will spend a year and six months in prison on the case investigated by the Twin County Drug Task Force, the commonwealth’s attorney said.
Lambert had no prior drug or felony convictions.

• Bradley Stephen Dunham Jr., 27, of Cana pleaded guilty to one count each of grand larceny and trespassing, the prosecutor said..
As a result, the court gave Dunham a one-year, eight-month prison sentence in the case investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, according to Lyons.