October 31, 2017
For Immediate Release
On October 31, 2017, a Lynchburg Circuit Court Jury convicted Jeremy Daryle Saunders of aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and maliciously shooting a firearm in an occupied dwelling. The jury recommended that Saunders serve 40-years for aggravated malicious wounding, 5-years for use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and 5-years for shooting in an occupied dwelling.
Evidence presented at trial showed that, on March 29, 2015, Saunders shot Antonio Scott a total of six times while at a residence on Blackford Street. Scott survived his injuries following emergency surgery, but suffered permanent and significant impairment as a result. Scott, his mother, and a treating neurosurgeon testified that he has lost the use of his right hand and suffers from seizures, severe memory loss, and impaired speech.
Witnesses testified that a group of eight to ten people were gathered at the residence on Blackford Street to play cards on the evening of March 29, 2015. Shortly after midnight, Saunders arrived at the residence with his brother, Jarrette Saunders. A physical altercation then ensued between these two men, Scott, and a fourth individual. During the altercation, Saunders produced a 9mm Luger handgun and shot Scott once in the head, then five more times in the torso.
On March 23, 2016, Jarrette Saunders was convicted of assault and battery for his role in the incident.
The verdict follows a two-day trial in which the Commonwealth was represented by Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Michael Pflieger and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Brittany Roark. Saunders was represented by attorney Melvin Hill.