Inmate sentenced for attacking teacher
BY DONNIE JOHNSTON
A 19-year-old Coffeewood Juvenile Correction Center inmate received a 50-year sentence Monday for punching a teacher, then throwing at sink faucet that hit him on the head last spring.
Circuit Court Judge Susan Whitlock suspended 22 years of William Lamar Ballard’s sentence, leaving 28 years for the Hampton man to serve.
The injuries from the March 7 incident left plumbing instructor David Cornett with permanent injuries including a scar on the left side of his face, chronic headaches, memory loss, dizziness and sleep deprivation.
Cornett was forced to leave his teaching job at Coffeewood because of the attack because he is unable to drive, according to Culpeper County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dale Durrer, who prosecuted the case.
Culpeper Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Frederick said, “My office asked for an active period of incarceration at the high end of the guidelines because of the tremendous impact of the crime on the victim and because of the importance of maintaining order in our correctional facilities.
“Any aggressive, violent behavior towards our teachers and correctional officers will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.