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Longlashes

La Vergne, TN

#303 Jan 20, 2012
Wonder what the plea was....?? Did he give them enough to hang the others to save his a$$? Seems they shoulda had a enough to hang them without letting this piece get off so easy. He had not been outta jail too long before he did this.
luckyman

Moneta, VA

#304 Jan 20, 2012
well exactly what always happens mr roy evans and his pleas i really dont think this would have happened with a new comonwealth att. but we shall never know bet the others have a plea too when they should all see the death peanlty
DUH

Knoxville, TN

#305 Jan 20, 2012
Luckyman Browns attorney was the Other attorney who ran against Roy so go figure
Thornberry

Charlottesville, VA

#306 Jan 21, 2012
no justice at all. 55 years and only has to serve a little more than 3?
tammy

Charlottesville, VA

#307 Jan 21, 2012
re:ignorance: until it happens to you please shut your mouth and use what the good Lord gave you....My son did not deserve anything that happened to him..
RE: a mother: Thank you for your support in this. And yes as a mother the pain is still there but i know he is in a better place. and one day i will see him again... My family does not like others being stupid when they dont know what is going on......
tammy

Charlottesville, VA

#308 Jan 21, 2012
abbbbbbbbbb123 wrote:
Michael Ray Brown, Jr., was sentenced to 20 years in jail on each count, with 18 years and three months suspended on each count, said Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans
Under an Alford plea, a defendant maintains he or she is innocent while admitting the prosecution has evidence sufficient for a conviction.
Daniel Brice Crouse is charged with capital murder, three counts of abduction, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and five counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, court records show. His trial is set to begin April 9 and is expected to last about a week.
Crouse’s son, Garrett Brice Crouse, faces capital murder charges, three counts of abduction, and one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, court records show. His trial is set to begin June 4.
Ricky Joseph James, of Marion, faces capital murder, three counts of abduction, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, court records show. His trial is scheduled to begin July 23.
Jessica James Edwards, of Marion, is charged with three counts of felony abduction, court records showed. She originally claimed to be a victim in the abduction. Her trial date is June 18.
daniels trial starts april 23 not the 9
Durr

Charlottesville, VA

#309 Jan 21, 2012
Ok I am confused. did they drop some of the charges? originally this guy was charged with 4 counts each of two different crimes. If he got a year and 9 months for each count, that would be 14 years total. Even if he only pulls 85% of his time, he should still have to pull around 11 years. My question is if he is only serving 3 and half years, which charges were dropped?
inquiring mind

Coeburn, VA

#310 Jan 21, 2012
Durr wrote:
Ok I am confused. did they drop some of the charges? originally this guy was charged with 4 counts each of two different crimes. If he got a year and 9 months for each count, that would be 14 years total. Even if he only pulls 85% of his time, he should still have to pull around 11 years. My question is if he is only serving 3 and half years, which charges were dropped?
This is the full article of the newspaper

MARION, Va.--
After a jury was seated in Smyth County Circuit Court late Thursday morning for what was scheduled to be a two-day trial, Michael Ray Brown Jr. of Galax took an Alford plea and was sentenced on two charges from 2011 in the abduction of Nathan Cord Combs, and two charges from 2008, Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans said.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant maintains he or she is innocent while admitting the prosecution has evidence sufficient for a conviction.

Evans said Brown was convicted of two counts of abduction with intent to obtain pecuniary benefit.

“One was Nathan Combs and one was Dakota Jones," also a victim in the Combs abduction, Evans said.

Brown was sentenced to 240 months in the penitentiary on each charge with 219 months suspended on each, Evans said.

The 18-year-old Combs went missing in March 2011 before his body was found in the Comer’s Creek area of Smyth County, according to Sheriff David Bradley.

Brown was also convicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, both dating to 2008, according to Evans.

The 10-year sentence on the conspiracy to commit robbery, and the five-year sentence on the conspiracy to distribute charge, were suspended, according to Evans.

Evans said Brown received effectively a total sentence of 55 years, but will serve 42 months and then serve six years of active probation.

In the Combs case, Daniel Brice Crouse faces three capital murder charges, three counts of abduction, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and five counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, court records showed. His trial is set to begin April 9-16.

Daniel Crouse’s son, Garrett Brice Crouse, faces three capital murder charges, three counts of abduction, and one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, court records showed. His trial is set for a June 4 start.

Ricky Joseph James of Marion faces three counts of capital murder, three counts of abduction, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, court records showed. His trial is scheduled to begin July 23.

Jessica James Edwards of Marion is charged with three counts of felony abduction, court records showed. Her trial date is June 18.
curious

Chilhowie, VA

#311 Jan 22, 2012
What happened to Mindy Sittles,she was a part of this,justice needs to be done,there all guilty of murder!
luckyman

Moneta, VA

#312 Jan 22, 2012
i think this just shows how low the system is if it was one of the higher ups child in smyth county bet your sweet ass all of them would see death
Durr

Charlottesville, VA

#313 Jan 22, 2012
Ok so basically after 3 years max he is finished. For being part of something that took a persons life through horrible means. Not counting he walked scott free on the drug charges. Wow what a sad sad day that was for the Combs family. Hopefully the others charged will not be offered such weak plea bargains.
angie

United States

#314 Jan 22, 2012
I want the combs family 2 know they r in my prayers every day. Ive been where they are my only daughter was found murdered 2 yrs ago and i cry every day. I long 2 see all her murderers brought 2 justice 3 are awaitin trial in tenn for another murder. I thank God that the com wealth of Scott co got 1 off the streets for life plus 11 yrs. He is going 2 fight for justice for my daughter and not plea bargain. As i said b4 all those monsters need 2 be charged with 1st degree murder then justice would b served. So 2 the combs family i want u 2 know im prayin 4 u all and 2 keep fightin 4 justice ! Be nathans voice! I know that at times it will seem no 1 is listenin and it is 2 much 2 bare but GOD is on yr side He will listen and strenghten u.
Michael Smith

Bluefield, WV

#315 Mar 12, 2012
R.I.P Nathan Cord Combs you were a good friend and you always brightened everybodys day even when they would be mad upset it didnt matter you made alot of peolpe smile we miss you Nathan

R.I.P Nathan Combs
malcom x

Chicago, IL

#316 Mar 12, 2012
I thought this happened many month agos. Rip still
tammy

Charlottesville, VA

#317 Mar 12, 2012
I want to thank everyone for your prayers during this time in our familys life. Nathan We ALL LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!!!!!
Durr

Charlottesville, VA

#318 Mar 12, 2012
malcom x wrote:
I thought this happened many month agos. Rip still
The murder took place some time ago, and the trial for those involved are still taking place. Please keep the family in your prayers, they will never forget this, and we shouldnt either.
Rest in peace Nate nate

Marion, VA

#319 Mar 19, 2013
The Truth wrote:
<quoted text> No he wasnt there & if you know so much you would know that as well! Im sorry for what this boys family is going through & its a horrific crime but people are slandering all that have been charged & a good man & his family is going through hell for something he didnt do!!! Like i said before the truth will come out & people like you should really shut the f*** up until it does!!!!
Ok if he was not guilty then why is he in jail right now?? I know he was involved because I'm Nathan's cousin and they told us what each and every single person did to Nathan. I don't know how in the hell that they could do that to a very sweet and innocent man. Nathan talked to everyone,he never knew a stranger. EVERYONE LOVED Nathan. And my family has been put threw hell because of it. Every Christmas and thanksgiving we would have a family dinner and set down and eat as a family,and Nathan would always make everyone laugh. But we don't see Nathan anymore because of some cowards. But I know that Nathan is up there with his best friend,god, and I know that he is well taken care of. But I still miss him. When I was sad or upset, he would always be there to cheer me up, but now when I'm sad or upset, that one person that I could always turn to is not here, because of some sick and horrible people. And yea UR right the truth will come out.i miss and love you Nate Nate<3
Rest in peace Nate nate

Marion, VA

#320 Mar 19, 2013
Grandma wrote:
If Nathan was a snitch (and what's wrong with that?) then maybe we should all become snitches to protect our children.....they can't kill us all!
Ummm... Nathan was NOT a snitch.

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