WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than two years after a carjacking suspect was shot during a fight with a Wythe County deputy, a judge ruled that suspect will spend decades behind bars for multiple charges, including attempted capital murder.

According to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy discovered a stolen vehicle and the man accused of stealing it, William Cody Grimes, on Nov. 9, 2019.

Authorities say Grimes and the deputy struggled over the deputy’s firearm before the deputy shot Grimes, sending Grimes to the hospital until he was jailed on Nov. 19, 2019. Meanwhile, the deputy was treated for his injuries and released.

Grimes was out on bond at the time of the incident for carrying a concealed handgun, officials say.

Over 29 months later, on Monday, April 25, a judge sentenced Grimes to 43 years in prison, according to court records. However, 18 of those years were suspended, so Grimes will serve a total of 25 years for the following charges:

  • Attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer
    • Sentenced to 30 years with eight years suspended, for a total of 22 years
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
    • Sentenced to three years
  • Grand larceny auto
    • Sentenced to 10 years with 10 years suspended, for a total of zero years

Following his sentence, officials say Grimes will spend 10 years under supervised probation.