GATE CITY — A Southwest Virginia man was ordered to serve eight years in prison by a Scott County judge this week after being convicted of beating his invalid mother last year during a drunken birthday celebration.
Tracy Adam Rogers, 35, of Gate City, was given a five-year sentence, with two years suspended, for his conviction on a single count of assault and battery of a family member (fourth offense) and five more years for multiple probation violations.
Circuit Court Judge John Kilgore cited Rogers’ history of assault on family members and a law enforcement officer, in addition to the fact he was on probation at the time of the latest occurrence, when issuing the sentence.
Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said the most recent incident was the fourth time Rogers has been convicted of assaulting a family member.
“It’s not every day that you get an eight-year sentence for an incident like this,” McClung said. “We feel that in this instance, this sentence was deserved. He wanted to blame his childhood and other things but he’s no longer a child. He’s a grown man and it’s time for him to pay the consequences.”
Rogers’ latest charge stems from a September 2012 incident that occurred at the Gate City home he shared with his mother and father.
Gate City Police were dispatched to the residence after someone from within the home dialed Scott County E-911 to report a domestic disturbance.
McClung said Rogers was taken into custody after officers observed him hurting his bed-ridden mother.
“The officers were there at the home and were able to witness the assault,” McClung said. “They heard her say ‘Don’t hurt me anymore,’ and saw him grab her arm and twist it. The officers did a fantastic job, took great notes on what they saw and it helped secure the conviction that we needed.”
At the time, authorities described Rogers’ mother as disabled and unable to defend herself from her son.
Rogers was described by authorities as being so intoxicated at the time of his arrest that he could “barely stand up.”
Officers said they were unsure what exactly triggered the altercation, which occurred while Rogers was celebrating his 34th birthday.
Rogers was serving probation and free on bond for a July incident involving his father when the arrest occurred.