For Immediate Release
February 16, 2018
On February 16, 2018, the Lynchburg Circuit Court convicted Jhonathan D-Shaw Reynolds of one count of malicious wounding. Evidence presented at trial showed that on August 16, 2017, Reynolds and two co-defendants attacked a man as he walked on Forest Brook Road. The victim testified that he was walking home from Walmart when he was approached by Jhonathan Reynolds, Dominque Saunders, and Thomas Tanner. Although the victim did not know any of the three men, he stated that they surrounded him and began speaking to him. The victim testified that one of the individuals suddenly punched him, breaking his nose and knocking off his glasses. All three men continued punching and kicking the victim after he fell to the ground.
The victim testified that he managed to retrieve a knife that he had been carrying, which he then began swinging in self-defense. Evidence showed that in doing so, the victim stabbed Reynolds in the chest and was able to break contact with his attackers. He then made his way back to Walmart and reported the attack to police.
The victim eventually responded to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries. Johnathan Reynolds was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital with a stab wound to the chest. Detective R.G. Miller testified that upon arrival at the hospital, Reynolds was unresponsive and did not appear to be breathing. Following emergency surgery, Reynolds recovered from his injury and was arrested for his role in the offense.
Dominique Saunders and Thomas Tanner previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the offense and are scheduled to be sentenced on April 11, 2018. Reynolds will be sentenced on April 25, 2018.
The verdict follows a bench trial in which the Commonwealth was represented by Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Michael Pflieger. Reynolds was represented by attorney Matthew Pack.