UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, Bethany Harrison, Austin Rozdilski was being held at the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center, but once he turned 18 on March 18, 2020, he either had to be sent to the adult jail or released from juvenile detention.
A bond hearing was held Wednesday to determine Rozdilski’s placement. Harrison says, over the Commonwealth’s objection, the Court ordered that Rozdilski was to be released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
In addition, Tamara Rosser, Director of the City of Lynchburg’s Human Services Department, confirmed that there are no coronavirus cases at the detention center where Rozkilski was housed.
“There are no reported COVID-19 related issues or concerns at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center with youth or staff,” says Rosser. “Austin Rozdilski was released and his case continued due to the emergency judicial order to minimize court hearings to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The sentencing for Austin Rozdilski has been rescheduled from March 18th to July 22, according to his attorney.
Rozdilski was found guilty of unlawful wounding in December for the shooting of E.C. Glass High School student, Justin Barnett. He was found not guilty on a second-degree murder charge, related to the fatal shooting of a second high school student, Dre’yon Browley. He was also found not guilty of two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
During the trial, Rodzilski said he met with Barnett and Browley on May 16, 2019 to discuss purchasing a gun. According to Rodzilski, the two students attempted to rob him of the cash he was carrying so he turned a gun on them, fatally shooting Browley. The defense argued that Barnett never had a gun to sell and that Rozdilski shot the two teenagers out of anger.
Joseph Sanzone, attorney for Rodzilski, says that his client turned 18 last. Since Rodzilski is no longer a juvenile, the terms of his confinement have changed and a bond is in place.
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