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Colten Faulk apologized in court for stabbing a man in downtown Roanoke in February.
Colten Troy Faulk
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A man who late last year was the victim of a box cutter slashing received a 13-year prison sentence Thursday for his role in a separate attack and robbery that occurred over the winter in downtown Roanoke.
Colten Troy Faulk , 23, received 10 years for malicious wounding and three years for larceny.
He and another man, Demario Vessels, were arrested Feb. 22 in the 200 block of Jefferson Street, near the intersection at Kirk Avenue.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John McNeil said at their plea hearings in July that the victim in the case, Gregory Bowyer, 48, had been walking with a friend from one downtown restaurant to another, shortly after midnight that Thursday evening, when a confrontation arose between Bowyer’s friend and Vessels.
McNeil said that as Vessels sparred with Bowyer’s friend, Faulk suddenly stabbed Bowyer in the right side of the chest with a knife.
Security footage showed the two men going through Bowyer’s pockets as he lay on the sidewalk, and Vessels later kicked the injured man in the head while he was on the ground. Emergency crews took Bowyer to the hospital.
Vessels and Faulk were arrested when they returned to the scene later and were spotted by a witness, McNeil said. Bowyer’s cellphone was found in Faulk’s pocket, police said, as well as a folding knife that investigators later determined was stained with Bowyer’s blood. Vessels was carrying the keys to Bowyer’s car, but the victim’s wallet was never recovered.
Earlier this month Vessels, who pleaded no contest to unlawful wounding and robbery in the case, received a 10-year sentence — three for unlawful wounding and seven for robbery.
In a letter to Judge William Broadhurst, Faulk said he was the father of three children and that because of drug abuse, he had no memory of the incident .
“My addictions have literally taken everything I have ever loved away from me,” he wrote, and apologized for his role in the incident.
Faulk also cited an August 2012, incident in which he was attacked in Salem by a man with a box cutter, who slashed him repeatedly across his back. He said he spent four weeks in the hospital after that and had to undergo back surgery and rehabilitation.
The aggressor in that attack, Donald Robinson, 38, pleaded guilty to malicious wounding in Salem Circuit Court in November. He was sentenced in January to just over eight years in prison.
At Thursday’s sentencing, defense attorney Rachel Jackson cited Faulk’s long history of mental health issues and sparse criminal history, but the judge was moved to exceed sentencing guidelines.
“Frankly, I find the facts of this case more egregious than most,” Broadhurst told him. “Your actions toward him [Bowyer] were clearly deadly, clearly unprovoked.
“You could’ve easily killed him,” he added. “It’s unexplainable and it’s intolerable.”
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