CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A Chesapeake prosecutor is asking the circuit court to reopen the cases of three inmates convicted of felony charges of helping a fellow prisoner escape.
Media outlets report that Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mara L. Kane sent letters to the inmates' attorneys saying the indictments only allow for misdemeanor convictions.
Thomas M. Evans and Travis Christian pleaded guilty to the felony charges in October. Michael E. Darnell was convicted following a bench trial.
Kane is asking the court to reopen the cases and find the inmates guilty of the lesser crimes. The sentences would be reduced if the court grants the request.
The inmates are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28. The prisoner who escaped, 40-year-old Dan Starling, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A Chesapeake music teacher could rub elbows with celebrities and bring home a Grammy next year.
A Suffolk man told police an HVAC system weighing about three tons was stolen from his property sometime last week.
A Newport News mother was arrested in York County for drug charges while she was with her children, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Chris Meier with Smithfield Police confirmed a sexual assault took place at the Smithfield Foods packing plant last month.
Charges have been dropped against a Navy commander and neurosurgeon who was accused of wrongful sexual conduct and conduct unbecoming an officer.
A man in Norfolk drove himself to the hospital after being shot through his vehicle Tuesday night.
WAVY News' Andy Fox has known and covered Governor Bob McDonnell for 20 years, and now with only a month left in office, the Governor sat down with Andy and discussed a variety of topics related to his term.