Lynchburg man sentenced to 9 active years for charges from April 2019 shooting

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A Lynchburg man was sentenced on Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred at his home in April 2019, leaving one person injured.

According to a statement from the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, on April 13, 2019, the victim and a friend attended a party at Leon Rufus Rose’s house on Norwood Street.

Reports say the friend and Rose got into an argument, causing the victim to move the friend away from the house to ease the situation. When the victim got into his car with the friend to drive away, Rose came outside onto the front porch with a pistol and fired several shots into the car, striking the victim in the leg.

Lynchburg police officers responded to the house and found several spent 9mm shell casings around the front porch, as well as a loaded Taurus 9mm inside the home. Rose was then taken into custody, and upon searching him, police found a loaded firearm magazine that matched the Taurus pistol that was seized.

After he was interviewed by detectives, officials say Rose admitted to handling the Taurus pistol, but denied shooting anyone. However, a gunshot residue test proved there was gunshot residue on Rose’s hands, determining that he fired a gun.

Rose was convicted at a bench trial on April 27, 2021 for charges stemming from the 2019 shooting, including malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a violent felon.

Then, on Thursday, July 15, the court sentenced Rose to 18 total years with nine years suspended and nine years to serve. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office provided the following breakdown of the sentences, saying that eight years of the sentence are considered mandatory minimum time:

  • Malicious wounding: 10 year sentence with nine years suspended
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony: Three year sentence
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon: Five year sentence

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