Samuels, Rutherford, Smith and Mccullagh

Clockwise from top left: Davontae Marquis Smith, Kenny Mccullagh Jr., Karlee Lynn Samuels and Casey Nicole Rutherford.

A Manassas man who failed to appear for his trial in Greene County last month on charges relating to an abduction and robbery will serve under a year in prison.

Davontae Marquis Smith, 26, faced charges of abduction by force, robbery, malicious wounding by mob and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to a June 5, 2018 incident. Since June 2018, Smith also faced a misdemeanor parole violation and two felony failure to appear charges.

On May 21, Retired 16th Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Peatross sentenced Smith in accordance with a plea deal that Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Hardin said was due to uncooperative and disappearing witnesses.

“Initially we had cooperative witnesses, but in this case we have lost touch with one and others have changed stories,” Hardin said in court. “The Commonwealth believes these acts were violent and horrific, but felony convictions are not possible due to uncooperative and disappearing witnesses.”

Smith’s malicious wounding by mob charge was amended to assault and battery, while the robbery charge was amended to petit larceny. The abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges were dropped.

On the assault and battery charge, Smith was sentenced to 12 months incarceration with all but 6 months suspended. On the petit larceny charge, Smith was sentenced to 12 months incarceration with all 12 months suspended.

In addition, Judge Peatross sentenced Smith to 60 days in prison for a failure to appear on Jan. 29, and another 90 days for failing to appear for his April 25 trial. In total, Smith will serve an active sentence of nearly 11 months.

Two others charged in relation to the abduction by force case have also taken plea deals. On Feb. 26, Casey Nicole Rutherford, 27, of Stanardsville, pleaded guilty to an amended felony drug possession charge. On April 26, Kenny Mccullagh Jr., 31, of Barboursville, also pleaded guilty to two amended misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and petit larceny.

The fourth person charged in connection to the case, Karlee Lynn Samuels, 29, of Stanardsville, is set for trial July 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Greene County Circuit Court. Samuels faces two counts of abduction by force, two counts of object sexual penetration and one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Logan Bogert is a reporter for the Greene County Record in Stanardsville, Virginia. She can be reached at lbogert@greene-news.com or (434) 985-2315. Follow Logan on Twitter at @Logan_Bogert.

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