Suspect in 2017 burglary in Lynchburg pleas guilty, sentenced


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Stemming from a May 2017 burglary in Lynchburg, Darrell Jermaine Saunders, Jr. pleaded guilty in a Lynchburg court on Thursday to Burglary, Attempted Robbery, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Felon.

According to a release, around 9:30 p.m. on May 15, 2017, Saunders and his friend Dedric Megginson went to the back door of a home in the 800 block of Dearing Street in Lynchburg. Saunders knocked on the door which was answered by the victim. Saunders, who knew the victim, asked the victim to retrieve a phone number. As the victim looked down to get his phone from his pocket, Saunders pushed the victim further into the home and called out for Megginson to enter the home where both men assaulted the victim and reached into the victim’s pockets. The victim had a handgun in his waistband which he retrieved and fired at the attackers. Saunders was shot in the lower torso and collapsed. Megginson overpowered the victim and took the victim’s gun then hit the victim in the head with the gun. Then, another male in the home came downstairs where he saw Saunders on the ground and on top of the victim. Megginson was in the process of standing up with a gun pointed at the adult male who fired three shots and Megginson who proceeded to exit out of the back door of the house.

When Lynchburg Police arrived on-scene, they found Megginson in the backyard unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head and chest. Megginson died from his injuries.

Saunders was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound. While at the hospital, he told police that he went to the home to pick up marijuana from the victim. He claimed as he attempted to sell marijuana, the victim shot him.

Saunders received a total sentence of 28 years with 20 years suspended, pursuant to a plea agreement which was reached at the insistence of the victims in the case who did not want to relive the traumatic events of the day and become targets of negative attention.

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