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SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2013
A Halifax County jury this week found Ronald Lynn Lacks II guilty of rape and abduction and recommended a 29-year prison sentence for the Coleman Ferry Road man at the conclusion of his three-day trial in Halifax.

Circuit Judge Joel Cunningham affirmed the jury verdict and continued the case to a later date to allow for the completion of a pre-sentence report. Lacks’ prison term will be determined by the judge at his sentencing hearing.

Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour announced the verdict after it was rendered Friday by the jury. In addition to charges of rape and abduction with the intent to defile, Lacks was also convicted of one count of assault and battery.

He was originally charged with rape, abduction with intent to defile and malicious wounding of the victim and felony child abuse, abduction and assault and battery of a minor. The charges involving a minor stemmed from the victim’s child being present in the home at the time of the attack.

The jury found Lacks not guilty of abducting and of assaulting the child, and Cunningham separately dismissed one charge of child neglect.

The convictions stem from an incident that took place on June 30, 2012. Lacks, after having created an earlier disturbance involving the victim at a different location, appeared at the victim’s home uninvited. After an argument, he fell asleep on the front porch. The victim, not wanting Lacks to be seen on the front porch, brought him into her home. Once inside, Lacks attacked the victim, physically assaulting and raping her. Eventually, Lacks left and the attack was reported to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

For several days, members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office sought to locate Lacks but were unsuccessful. Lacks, who had been released from prison in December 2010 after serving a sentence for a 2002 murder conviction, was ultimately located in Wisconsin in September 2012 and extradited back to Virginia for trial.

The jury recommended that Lacks serve eight years in prison for rape, 20 years for abduction with intent to defile, and 12 months for assault and battery of the victim.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter and the case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Suzanne Inge and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Todd Shockley.

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He is innocent the jury obviously needs to buy eyeglasses and qtips

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