Wise County Commonwealth Attorney Charles H. Slemp III on Larry Leon Fields Conviction

According to a Press Release from Commonwealth Attorney’s Office of Wise County and the City of Norton Charles H. Slemp III:
Larry Leon “Snake” Fields, age 69 of Dante, Virginia was convicted on the second day of his trial in the Wise County Circuit Court of Felony, Murder, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. These charges stemmed from the March 2018 shooting death of Mark Anthony Ward, age 48 of Castlewood.
On March 31st, 2018, Fields and Ward were working together at a location behind the Dominion Virginia Power Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in the Town of St. Paul, Virginia. The entire incident was captured on security camera footage at the location of the shooting. Evidence showed that the parties had been horse-playing with one another that afternoon while at work. At some point that day, Fields pulled a loaded .22 revolver from his truck, removed it from the holster, pointed the gun, and pulled the trigger. Fields claimed the shooting was an accident, but admitted that he waived around the firearm and pulled the trigger in an effort to scare the victim. Ward was shot in the forehead just above his right eye. He died at Bristol Regional Medical Center as a result of his injuries.
The case was investigated by the Wise County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, and the Town of St. Paul Police Department.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said, “This is a tragic case and a senseless act of violence. Mr. Field’s behavior demonstrates an extreme disregard for human life. We are proud to bring a resolution to the case today and we hope that these convictions provide closure and justice for the victim’s family.” Slemp also offered his appreciation to those who made the convictions possible. “I want to thank our attorneys Josh Newberry and Brett Hall for their hard work in prosecuting this case and the dedication of countless law enforcement officers whose professional investigation made these convictions possible.”
Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 20th, 2019 at 9:00 am in the Wise County Circuit Court. Fields faces a punishment of incarceration in the Virginia Department of Corrections for a term ranging between 5 years and 65 years.

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