Nelson County, Virginia
“Monday afternoon, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Rutherford announced that on August 24, 2018, a jury in Nelson County convicted Jeffery Michael Adams, age 48, from Schuyler, of strangulation, violating a protective order by causing bodily injury and domestic assault and battery. The jury recommended a total of 7 years incarceration for all charges.
The charges arose out of an incident that occurred during the winter of 2018. When deputies arrived at Adams’ residence, they observed a juvenile that had injuries consistent with strangulation.
The jury deliberated for two hours before returning guilty verdicts. After further deliberation on sentencing, including evidence of the defendant’s previous convictions, the jury recommended a sentence of 5 years for the strangulation, 1 year on violating the protective order by causing bodily injury and 12 months for the domestic assault and battery.
Strangulation and violating a protective order by causing bodily injury are each a Class 6 felony and have a maximum punishment of up to 5 years incarceration. Domestic assault and battery is a class 1 Misdemeanor and carries a maximum punishment of up to 12 months in jail.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Erik Laub prosecuted the case. Jeffery Michael Adams was represented by Rebecca Wetzel from Lynchburg, Virginia.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 20, 2018 in the Nelson County Circuit Court.
“Seeking justice for those who are victims of domestic violence is a top priority for my office. I am proud of the outstanding work by my Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Erik Laub, and my Victim Witness Advocate, Beth Cunningham. My office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who commit acts of domestic violence.”