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Nathalie man gets 21 years in slaying / January 19, 2017

Larry William Jennings, a 50-year-old Nathalie man charged with the April 2015 murder of Allen Boyd, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court and received an active sentence of 21 years and six months in prison.

In brief remarks after receiving his sentence, Jennings said he was “very sorry for what happened” and apologized to the family of Boyd, who was shot dead in the early evening of April 18, 2015 at a social gathering on Acorn Road.

The court imposed a 40-year sentence on a charge of second degree murder, with 18 years and six months suspended. Two other firearms-related counts against Jennings were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“The Commonwealth agreed to this disposition only after consultation with the family of the deceased and with law enforcement, and only after giving due weight to certain issues with the evidence,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin. “We firmly believe we have achieved justice and accomplished family’s goals in this matter.”

The proceedings against Jennings were delayed for a full year due to questions surrounding his mental competency to stand trial. The case was originally scheduled to go to court in December 2015, but it took nine months for Jennings to be evaluated for mental health concerns and restored to competency.

“The active term of incarceration in this case is actually above the mid-point of the sentencing guidelines,” stated Martin of the outcome in court Tuesday.

On April 18, 2015, officers with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police were dispatched to a residence on Acorn Road in Nathalie around 6:30 p.m. It was there they found Allen Lorenzo Boyd, Jr., 48, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound in the chest.

Witnesses stated they saw Jennings flee the scene after the altercation. The two men had gotten into a verbal dispute during a neighborhood get-together that escalated, when Jennings retrieved a .22 caliber rifle and shot Boyd in the chest.

Jennings was originally charged with first-degree murder in the incident.

In addition to 21 years and six months of jail time, Jennings will pay over $2,100 in restitution to the Virginia Victims Fund within 12 months of the completion of active incarceration, and will be on supervised probation for the suspended portion of his prison time.


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