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Sentencing delayed for man who caused wreck that severely injured Va. trooper

January 29th, 2014 6:52 pm by Wes Bunch

Sentencing delayed for man who caused wreck that severely injured Va. trooper

JASON T. BYRNS

GATE CITY — A Kingsport man who pleaded guilty to sparking a high-speed chase last year that left a Virginia State Police trooper with permanent spinal injuries had his sentencing delayed due to Tuesday’s snowy weather. 

A sentencing hearing for Jason T. Byrns had been scheduled for Wednesday morning, but a continuance was granted the day prior due to the worsening weather conditions. A new hearing date is expected to be set by Thursday afternoon. 

Byrns pleaded guilty Nov. 20, 2013 to more than a dozen charges that stem from an April 2013 chase and wreck that left VSP Trooper Jamie Lawson with a severe spinal injury and struggling to walk. 

As a result of those charges  —  which include aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and felony destruction of property, among others  —  Byrns faces a sentence of life plus 64 years in prison.

 Lawson was forced to retire last year from the VSP due to the injuries he sustained.


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