Culpeper man found guilty of breaking and entering, domestic assault/battery

On April 24, 2013, Charles Lamont Minor, 34, of Culpeper, was found guilty of breaking and entering, assault and battery of a family member and three protective order violations in the Circuit Court of Culpeper County after an eight hour trial that lasted into the evening hours.

Culpeper County Circuit Court Judge Susan Whitlock held that Mr. Minor broke in the front door of his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Wine Street in the Town of Culpeper in the early morning hours of November 10, 2012, waking his ex-girlfriend and children. Minor then assaulted his ex-girlfriend in front of two of the young children. Culpeper Town Police Officers David Cole and Chris Taylor responded to the scene and spoke to the parties. Based on the officers’ observations of injuries to the ex-girlfriend, Mr. Minor was arrested and served with an emergency protective order barring contact with his ex-girlfriend and their young children. Despite having been served with the emergency protective order and a preliminary protective order, the evidence at trial showed that Minor wrote a letter and telephoned his ex-girlfriend on three different occasions, which is a violation of said order. The evidence also showed that the young children attempted to protect their mother from the assault by laying on top of her as Minor assaulted her.

This is the first felony conviction for Minor; however, a search of court records showed that he has previous charges for assault and battery, petit larceny, DUI, driving without a valid license and protective order violations. Minor is scheduled to appear on June 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. for sentencing. He is currently being held without bond pending sentencing. At sentencing, Minor faces a potential sentence of up to 20 years for the Breaking and Entering and up to 12 months for each of the Assault and Battery and Protective Order violations.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Angie Catlett, the Violence Against Women Prosecutor handled the case. Catlett was able to admit a statement of one of the young children when she called her grandfather over the telephone and stated “Daddy’s hurting mommy” as an excited utterance exception to the rule against hearsay. Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Frederick stated that “The young children in this family are true heroes. Men who kick in doors and terrorize their own families deserve punishment. My office plans to ask for a significant period of active incarceration at sentencing. Ms. Catlett did an outstanding job of providing Mr. Minor with a fair trial, and I am proud of her. Family violence is destroying America’s homes. In Culpeper, it will not be tolerated.”