A Bristow man will not serve any further prison time for a 2011 Haymarket home invasion.
Andrew Stuart Myers, 22, received consecutive five-year suspended sentences on each charge for abduction and burglary in Prince William County Circuit Court Nov. 1. He also received five years' supervised probation.
Defense attorney David Daugherty argued that while Myers admitted involvement in the crime—he pleaded guilty in June in exchange for reduced charges—he had intervened when the incident turned violent. The defense further painted a picture of a young man who had never been committed any type of crime before.
"You would expect someone involved in this type of offense to have a lengthy, violent criminal record," said Daugherty. "That is not the case."
Police reports and court records outline much of what occurred on Dec. 20, 2011, at a home on Myradale Way in Haymarket. Myers and Steven Hall, of Manassas Park, entered an acquaintance's home through an unlocked door. They then tied up the mother of the acquaintance and screamed at her to be calm, according to a witness statement. They said that they were there for money and jewelery.
In another room, Hall began to beat the witness, whose face was left bloody and bruised, Hall's case file shows. Myers' attorney argued at the court date that his client had pulled Hall off the victim; the prosecution did not dispute that claim.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Conway said that Myers had helped tape up the mother in her own home, the area where she should feel most safe.
"Anyone who engaged in the type of conduct this defendant did should be sentenced to an active term," Conway said.
The judge told Myers his decision was "an opportunity for me to show you some mercy"—but warned Myers not to get in any more trouble or he would serve 10 years in prison.
Sentencing for Steven Hall—who has also pleaded guilty to reduced charges—was pushed to March 7, 2013, to allow a defense expert witness to testify, according to court documents.