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Mandatory Minimum

Mandatory minimum sentences were passed as a previous “reform” to state law because citizens of the commonwealth got sick and tired of seeing criminals released after a short stay in prison, only to commit more crimes once they got out.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s declaration that he would reject any future legislation that includes mandatory sentencing minimums represents flawed governance that takes a U-turn when a veer is needed.

WAYNESBORO — A Mount Sidney man was charged New Year's Eve with assaulting an Augusta County Sheriff's deputy. Justin Richard Warbington, 33, of Mount Sidney, is charged with kicking a deputy in the abdomen as he was being taken into custody in the 2000 block of Lee Highway, said Lt. Aaron LeVeck.

WAYNESBORO — A man who held his wife hostage at gunpoint in Waynesboro for more than four hours in July pleaded guilty to abduction and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony Wednesday in Waynesboro Circuit Court.

WAYNESBORO — A man from Mexico plead guilty Wednesday to a charge of distribution of a pound of methamphetamine while living in Waynesboro. Guadalupe Chavez-Loya, 42, will face sentencing in January. The distribution charge against Chavez-Loya carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years if he is convicted. 

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