JONESVILLE – Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin released the following statement on Monday, June 5, 2017:
“Joey Honeycutt, Jr. was sentenced today in the Lee County Circuit Court to serve a total of eight years and six months in the Virginia State Penitentiary for offenses involving drugs and a firearm. Honeycutt was traveling through Rose Hill with a co-defendant last August when he was stopped by Lee County Officers Chad Rouse and Todd Jones. The officers stopped the car around 3 a.m. after observing that the taillights had been painted black. Upon arrest, the officers located and seized a 25 mm loaded handgun, a sizable quantity of methamphetamine packaged for sale and over $2,000 in cash.
“This case was aggressively pursued as a collaborative effort between my office and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. We expended a great deal of man-hours and resources in preparing to present this case to a jury when Honeycutt entered a guilty plea on the eve of a trial. The co-defendant had previously entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced later this month. No plea agreement was offered at any time during the prosecution of either case.
“I commend Officers Rouse and Jones for their excellent police work and keen instincts in stopping Honeycutt and his associate and preventing further distribution of this insidious drug among the citizens of Lee County.”