|Iron Gate Resident, Marshall Meadows Pleads Guilty To 14 Felonies In Alleghany Circuit Court|
He Faces Nine Life Sentences Plus A Mandatory 15 Year Jail Term When Sentenced
Covington, VA (July, 15, 2020) - Marshall Dale Meadows, 60, of Iron Gate, Virginia, pled guilty to 9 counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and 5 counts of using a firearm in the commission of attempted capital murder on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Meadows was found guilty of the 14 felonies in the Alleghany County Circuit Court on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. He will face a possible maximum of 9 life sentences plus a mandatory 15 years when he is sentenced in November.
Alleghany County Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney, Ann Gardner summarized the evidence in court. According to the summary, on March 20, 2019, officers received multiple â€śshots firedâ€ť calls from citizens in the town of Iron Gate. When they responded to 802 Commerce Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m. officers were met with gunfire coming from inside the home. Meadows, drinking and angry, fired multiple weapons, including a 12 gauge shotgun, a .30-06 rifle and a .22 magnum rifle, toward officers, barely missing some of them, as they ducked for cover behind trees and vehicles. Victims of the shooting included law enforcement officers from the Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the Clifton Forge Police Department and the Virginia State Police.
The Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office Emergency Response Team responded to the scene as well as the BearCat armored vehicle from Botetourt County. After a nearly two hour standoff, Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s deputy, Captain Steve Thrasher, with the help of Sgt. Chris Fisher, was able to negotiate with Meadows and convince him to surrender. No officers were injured in the shooting; however, multiple vehicles were damaged by gunfire. Despite receiving repeated gunfire from Meadows, officers never discharged their weapons or returned fire.