Violent Crime

Jesse Matthew, Jr Gets Three Life Prison Terms

Oct 2, 2015

Jesse Matthew, Junior of Charlottesville has been sentenced to three life prison terms for the attempted capital murder and sexual assault of a woman a decade ago in Northern Virginia.

The judge ordered the sentences to be served consecutively at the hearing this afternoon in Fairfax.  Matthew’s family asked the judge for lenience, and a former girlfriend wrote a letter on Matthew’s behalf, saying he had been raped as a child.

A recent state report revealed that more than 2300 Personal Evidence Recovery Kits in police departments throughout Virginia have not been tested.  The evidence could potentially identify and lead to the prosecution of sex offenders. 

From Galax to Radford, Roanoke,Richmond and Danville to Charlottesville gangs are in Virginia. Earlier this month there was a killing of a teen in Lynchburg that police say is gang related. 

While the numbers of gang members in the Commonwealth may not be as high as major metropolitan areas they do impact our communities.

In Virginia, underage sex trafficking is real. That's why the Commonwealth has created new and stronger laws and methods of saving the children being victimized. With these efforts comes the bitter-sweet challenge of the rescue of child and then the recovery.


Healing After Tragedy

Jun 25, 2015

  The tragedy in Charleston brings to mind other, similar events; Mass shootings, which have afflicted communities and the wider world, resonating beyond state and national boundaries.  Therapists are developing strategies for healing that go beyond words.