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Yearly Review Part 2 – Largest Number of Felony Charges Filed & Prosecuted In History of Nelson Co. CA Office

[ 0 ] January 29, 2018 |

File photo Daniel Rutherford : Commonwealth Attorney – Nelson County, Virginia.

Nelson County, Virginia

This is the verbatim release received from the Nelson CA’s office:

On November 22, 2016, I was sworn in as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Nelson County. It is important to let the citizens of Nelson County know the accomplishments of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Nelson County. Over the next few weeks I will be providing a review of the accomplishments by my office for the last year. Last week’s review was on the accomplishments of prosecuting drug dealers. This review will be on the increased case load overall my office handles in the Nelson County Circuit Court.
I have made it a priority to work alongside all those in the law enforcement community to ensure that they have the legal support needed to investigate crimes within Nelson County. Our efforts have led to a vast increase in charges secured and a successful prosecution of such charges. The felonies charged and prosecuted during my first year in office represents the largest number for any 12-month period for the Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

From December 2016 through November 2017, which represents the first 12 months I was in office, the following are the numbers handled in the Nelson County Circuit Court:

• 516 felonies charges filed.
• 316 felony charges prosecuted, the remaining charges are pending trial.

From December 2015 through November 2016, prior to when I took office, the following are the numbers handled in the Nelson County Circuit Court:

• 239 felony charges filed.
• 168 felony charges were prosecuted, with the remaining were pending trial.

The ability to successfully prosecute the substantial increase in criminal felony trials my office has handled is because of the exceptional work of my Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Erik Laub, my legal assistants Debbie Giles and Dana Campbell, and my Victim Witness Advocate, Beth Cunningham. I am forever grateful for the dedication they have to the endeavor to seek justice and to keep Nelson County safe.

Daniel Rutherford
Commonwealth’s Attorney
Nelson County

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