Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

February 5, 2013

Va. inmate sentenced for attacking teacher

CULPEPER, Va. — An inmate will serve another 28 years behind bars for attacking an instructor at the Coffeewood Juvenile Correction Center.

William Lamar Ballard received a 50-year sentence on Monday in Culpeper County Circuit Court. The Free Lance-Star reports that Judge Susan Whitlock then suspended 22 years of the sentence.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Ballard punched plumbing instructor David Cornett and threw a sink faucet that hit Cornett in the head on March 7, 2012. The injuries left Cornett unable to drive and he was forced to leave his teaching job at Coffeewood.

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