LEBANON, Va.—A Honaker, Virginia man accused of shooting a 17-year-old in the face last year has been ordered to serve 22 years in prison.
David Lee Meadows, 55, was convicted Thursday of attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton, the charges stem from a shooting at Meadows' residence on March 19, 2014. On that day, a juvenile, who was 17 years old at the time, was shot with a .22 handgun in the face. Witnesses reported to investigators that Meadows had been selling drugs to juveniles for some time prior to the shooting, Patton said.
Last year, Honaker High School officials confirmed the 17-year-old was a student. No officials have identified the victim.
On the attempted murder charge, Meadows was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with none suspended. On the aggravated malicious wounding charge, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 13 years suspended. The two sentences will run concurrently.
On the possession charge, he was sentenced to five years in prison, with none suspended, and it is to run consecutive to the other sentences. After serving a total of 22 years in prison, Meadows will serve three years of probation.
"I am very pleased with this conviction and what is essentially a life sentence-based on the defendant's age," Patton said. "The juvenile victim has been through a lot because of this violent act and deserved justice."
The Russell County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Honaker Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the incident.