Thomas D. Groves Receives Additional 35 Year Sentence

Thomas Douglas Groves, a Wise County State Prison inmate incarcerated for murdering the mother of his child in 2006, has just received an added thirty five year sentence for attempting to kill a prison guard in Big Stone Gap. Groves was already serving a forty two year sentence for first degree murder of his ex-wife.
Dorothy Dee Dee Dillion Harris was found with a fatal shotgun wound to the head at her home in Bedford, after an employee of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative visited the home to inquire about her past due account.  Groves pled guilty to the murder as well as three other felony charges. Along with breaking and entering he was charged with the use of a firearm while committing murder and grand larceny of a wood truck.
Groves age 47, as in his previous plea bargan entered an Alford plead in Circuit Court. An Alford plea means that while Groves does not admit guilt he does acknowledge that the state has enough evidence to convict him of the crime.
Chuck Slemp, the Commonwealth's Attorney stated that Groves was incarcerated in March of last year at the Wallen's Ridge State Prison when he stabbed the prison guard in the neck with a homemade weapon while he was being returned to general population after having been segregated.
 

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