LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A blow to the face with a .38 caliber pistol has changed a Lynchburg woman’s life forever. Her perpetrator who murdered three others is months away from being released.
Stacy Bartley began dating Donnie Beverley in January 2006. A few weeks into their relationship, Bartley found herself seconds away from losing her life to someone she thought she could trust.
In February 2006, Bartley tried to end things with Beverley.
“I looked at him, I said ‘I’m done, there’s no getting back together, you go on with your life and I’ll go on with mine,'” said Bartley. “He told me, he said, ‘I’m not letting you go.'”
Beverley began following her shortly after that.
“Within a matter of a few weeks, I’m talking three to four weeks, he goes from being this person who called me and wished me a happy birthday to showing up different places that I said I was going.”
On May 19, he broke into her home while she was at work. Finding that she was gone, he went to Bartley’s workplace at American Hofmann Corporation.
Bartley says an argument with Beverley ended with him kneeling next to her car and showing her a pistol inside of his shirt while she was sitting inside.
“I decided very quickly, I’m going to push him back because he was stooping,” said Bartley.
She turned away to look for a weapon, finding that she had run out of time to find one then turning back towards Beverley.
“He no longer had it in his shirt, it was pointing right between my eyes, about that far away.”
Bartley now has permanent damage to the nerves in her face. Doctors didn’t think she would make it. Now that she has, she wants Beverley to stay behind bars.
According to Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany Harrison, “She is concerned that he’ll come back after her because after he shot her and left, he came back and she’s convinced that he was coming to finish the job. However, other employees from her work saw what happened and essentially affected a citizen’s arrest, got him to stay there until after police arrived.”
Harrison told WFXR News she was informed by Bartley that Beverley’s parole is coming up in June.
“What he did to Stacy Bartley is inexcusable. He was given second chance, he was released after only serving half his time for the murder of three people and he attempted to kill his fourth,” Harrison added, “a romantic partner of his who had cut off a relationship with him, so this is someone who is a risk to public safety.”
Harrison is working to draw the public’s attention to speaking up to the Virginia Parole Board, especially when it comes to violent crimes like this.
“This happened within just a couple of weeks. You’ve got people, especially women that live like this.”
The Virginia Parole Board is conducting an investigation. Harrison says members of the public can add their input by visiting the Parole Board’s website.