HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Henry County man who pled guilty to shooting a pregnant woman in the face back in 2020 — killing both the woman and her unborn child — was sentenced this week to nearly four decades in prison.
Thomas Christopher McDowell was arrested on Feb. 19, 2020 in connection with the death of Krystal Anne McReynolds of Bassett, who authorities found shot in the face at a Fieldale residence just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2020, search warrants say.
McReynolds was taken to Sovah Health in Martinsville with life-threatening injuries and transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, McReynolds was approximately four to five months pregnant, at the time of the shooting.
The Medical Examiner’s Office for the Western District of Virginia determined McReynolds’ cause of death was a gunshot wound while the unborn baby’s death was due to “maternal trauma.”
Before she died, McReynolds identified McDowell as the man who shot her in the face.
In addition, McDowell had prior criminal history, including intent to commit larceny or assault, possession of weapon capable of death/injury by prisoner, and violation of probation in Floyd County.
According to court documents, McDowell pled guilty on June 10 to second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, court records say McDowell was sentenced in Henry Circuit Court to 38 years in prison for the following charges:
- One count of second-degree murder:
- Sentenced to 40 years with 10 years suspended, for a total of 30 years
- One count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony:
- Sentenced to three years
- One count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon:
- Sentenced to five years
In addition, McDowell will spend 10 years under supervised probation upon his release from prison.
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