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Man jailed in home-invasion assault in Stafford County
By KEITH EPPS
A Stafford County man was sentenced to two years in jail Monday for his role in a home-invasion assault that occurred in late 2012.
Travis Christopher Milde, 22, was sentenced by Judge Theodore Markow to a total of 60 months with all but 24 months suspended.
He had previously pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors, unlawful entry and two counts each of assault and battery and destruction of property.
According to court records, Milde and Grant R. Webers entered a home in Kendallwood Estates in southern Stafford late Nov. 27, 2012. Jeffery Veil, the homeowner, heard a noise and saw Webers heading to the bedroom of his then 19-year-old son, Morgan Veil.
Webers, who lived right behind the Veils, continued into the bedroom and assaulted the younger Veil even after seeing the father. The elder Veil got a handgun, but Webers kept fighting even though he didn’t know at the time that the gun was empty.
Milde appeared at some point during the commotion and grabbed Jeffery Veil from behind, causing the gun to drop to the floor. Veil eventually got the gun back and this time put a bullet in it.
Milde was already gone by then and Webers left after again being confronted with the gun. The motive for the attack remains unclear.
Morgan Veil knew both suspects and police showed up at Milde’s home a short time later.
Webers, who police say head-butted a deputy during his arrest, was convicted of two felonies as a result of the incident—burglary and assault on a law-enforcement officer.
Both men got two years to serve, but since Milde’s sentence is all misdemeanor time, he likely won’t have to serve but half of his time.
Milde’s case was prosecuted by Matt Lowery of the Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
The Stafford office requested an outside prosecutor because Milde’s father is on the county Board of Supervisors.