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Man gets 47 years in Caroline beating

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A Caroline County judge on Thursday upheld a jury’s recommendation and handed down a 47-year prison sentence for a man convicted of a brutal beating that left a man in a coma for several weeks.

Al–Lahteef Salaam Jones, 32, of Richmond, was convicted by a jury in August of robbery, conspiracy and malicious wounding.

Circuit Judge Patricia Kelly did not suspend any of his sentence.

Jones was arrested last November after an Oct. 9, 2012 incident in which a man was assaulted and robbed in the Carmel Church area, where he worked detailing vehicles.

The victim, James Simms, suffered a skull fracture and was in a coma for several weeks, police said.

Jones and another man, 43-year-old Gregory A. Pollard of Partlow, were charged in the incident.

Pollard was convicted in June of two counts of robbery and sentenced to four years in prison with another six years suspended.

According to a search warrant filed in Spotsylvania County, Simms was found on the ground by his mother suffering from major head trauma and was asking where his money was.

A witness told police that Jones made a statement about robbing someone that day before going to change his clothes, according to the search warrant.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419


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