A Hillsville man will serve seven years and two months in prison for a 2013 sexual assault in Hillsville.
Charles Robert Rigney, 40, pled guilty to object sexual penetration on March 5th in Carroll County Circuit Court. According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons, Rigney was set to go to trial on the charge, but choose to enter a guilty plea.
Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler then accepted the plea and recommended a sentence of 20 years for Rigney, with 12 years and 10 months suspended on probation. Geisler also ordered Rigney to register as a violent sex offender for life, Lyons said.
Rigney was arrested on the evening of August 4th, 2013 after the Hillsville Police Department was dispatched to a 9-1-1 call at Hill’s Motel in town that a woman had been sexually assaulted. At that time, Capt. James Alderman, Master Patrol Officer Dennis Boyer and Officer Josh Edwards responded and charged Rigney with attempted rape by threats by fear or force, and object sexual penetration.
In other news, Lyons’s office also prosecuted a probation revocation hearing on Feb. 20 for Jeffrey A. Brannock in Carroll County Circuit Court in which Brannock was ordered to serve seven years in prison.
Brannock was originally on probation for convictions of distribution of a Schedule II drug and possession of a Schedule II drug. Lyons said Brannock recently had new convictions in Grayson County, however, leading to the probation revocation hearing. At the hearing, Judge Geisler revoked seven years of Brannock’s nine-year, five-month sentence.
The Hillsville Police Department made another arrest on March 5 after First Sgt. Robby Martin and Investigator Alan Gravley responded to Cranberry Apartments in Hillsville to attempt service of a PB-15 paper for violation of probation. After a brief foot pursuit through the Jett Street area, Noah Coble, 23, of Hillsville, was arrested, Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen said.
Hillsville officers were assisted by members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting were Chief Deputy Gary Bourne, Corporal David Walls, and Deputy Trevor Jefferson. Coble was then transported to the regional jail.