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Teen involved in Riverbend death plot sent to juvenile facility

by Keith Epps | The Freelance Star
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At the end of a hearing Wednesday in which he pleaded guilty for his role in a planned massacre at Riverbend High School, a judge let Gavin Oztuna hug his relatives one by one before being taken back into custody.

It’s possible that the 16-year-old Spotsylvania boy will be back with his family in as little as six months.

Oztuna received an “indeterminate sentence” in a juvenile facility after pleading guilty in Spotsylvania Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The sentence means that technically Oztuna could be in the juvenile facility until his 21st birthday.

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Jury Finds Peck Not Guilty

by Toni Stinson | The Caroline Progress
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After three days of emotional testimony, the jury for John Wayne Peck's murder trial began their deliberations on July 22. The panel of nine women and three men would take more than four hours to arrive at their verdict: not guilty on all charges. When Circuit Court Clerk Ray Campbell read the verdict after 10:00 p.m. that evening, emotions erupted in the courtroom on both sides of the aisle. Peck sobbed embracing his attorney Jonathan David and repeated, "Thank God, oh thank God."

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Verdict Pains Victim's Family

by Toni Stinson | The Caroline Progress
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July 24, 2009 3:01am
BY PORTSIA SMITH - THE FREELANCE-STAR

Lesa Atkins buried her head in the shoulder of victim advocate Cindy Gatewood and wept in the darkness outside the Caroline County Circuit Court building Wednesday night.

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Hung jury in Spotsylvania molestation case

by Keith Epps | The Free Lance-Star
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By KEITH EPPS THE FREE LANCE–STAR Aug 24, 2017

A Spotsylvania County jury deliberated for several hours Wednesday night but was unable to agree on whether a county man molested a teenage girl in 2014.

Borja Medina, 70, is charged with aggravated sexual battery. Judge Ricardo Rigual declared a mistrial after a jury announced that it was hopelessly deadlocked.

A new trial for Medina is scheduled for Nov. 6 in Spotsylvania Circuit Court.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Amanda Sweeney, Medina was in a relationship with the victim’s mother, who is in this country illegally from El Salvador and is about 25 years younger than Medina.

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Man Convicted Of Lesser Charge In Spotsylvania Molestation Case, Gets No Jail Time

by Keith Epps | Fredericksburg.com
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Free Lance-Star - 1/10/2018

Jan. 10--A man convicted Tuesday of molesting a teenage girl back in 2014 will have to register as a sex offender but will not have to spend any time in jail.

Borja Medina, 70, of Spotsylvania County was convicted of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, in Spotsylvania Circuit Court. As part of a plea agreement worked out by prosecutor Amanda Sweeney and defense attorney Jonathan David, Medina received a suspended 12-month jail sentence.

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Role In Killing Nets Jail

by Bill Freehling | The Free Lance-Star
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June 29, 2005 1:07 am
BY BILL FREEHLING - THE FREELANCE-STAR

Brian Delaney Millhorn sold his father's shotgun to a convicted felon who used it to kill a man.

He spent time with the killer on the day before the crime.J

And he was in the area of the slaying when it occurred, to pick up the killer.

That was all stacked against Millhorn, a 36-year-old Stafford County man who was charged last year with first-degree murder.

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