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HILLSVILLE — A 52-year-old Floyd County man indicted for attempted capital murder of a Carroll deputy pleaded guilty to two felony assault and battery charges in circuit court Monday.
Indicted for attempted capital murder in December 2012 was Markus Timothy Reid, who, according to the indictment, “did willfully, deliberately and with premeditation attempt to kill and murder Carroll Deputy Brandon D. Edwards, a law enforcement officer, for the purpose of interfering with the performance of the officers’ official duties, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
The court papers say Edwards went to check on the welfare of an individual in a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road in Dugspur.
The green Honda’s engine was running and it was in gear when it started rolling and caught the deputy, pulled him from his feet and dragged him down the road, according to information about the case. Edwards managed to pull himself back up and got the vehicle stopped.
In light of a plea agreement, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones asked Judge Colin Gibb to amend the attempted capital murder charge and a malicious wounding charge to two counts of assault and battery of a police officer.
The plea agreement recommended an active sentence of one year and six months in the Virginia Department of Corrections for the two felony charges, plus 12 months in jail for a misdemeanor destruction of property.
Jones told the court that the incident happened July 25, 2012.
When Edwards approached Reid’s vehicle, the man reached for his glove compartment, where a folding knife was, saying he had something for the deputy, according to the prosecutor.
Reid disengaged his brake, which started his vehicle rolling, dragging Edwards along, Jones said. “The vehicle luckily did not accelerate.”
Defense attorney Jonathan Venzie amplified that the deputy’s equipment got hooked on the vehicle and dragged him when the vehicle started moving. Edwards had to pull himself back up and reach in the vehicle and put it in park.
Being dragged damaged Edwards’ boots, which Reid had to pay $285 in restitution for, according to the plea agreement.
“I’d like to apologize to the officer and the court for my behavior,” Reid said when given a chance to speak.
Gibb accepted the agreement, sentencing Reid to five years in state prison for each felony, with three years and nine months of each suspended; 12 months in jail for the misdemeanor plus five years of probation.
Reid had a previous conviction for assault and battery on a police officer from 2009 in Floyd County, according to court records.