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Man gets new sentence for machete assault
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James Lee Bond Jr.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Hardy man who pleaded "no contest" in October to assaulting a man with a machete in a Westlake parking lot will serve nearly two years of a 10-year prison sentence.

James Lee Bond Jr., 47, was ordered to complete a detention and diversion program in December, but he was denied admission to the program because of the nature of the offenses.

During a sentencing hearing Monday, Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II ordered Bond to serve one year and 10 months on a malicious wounding charge.

In December, Bond was sentenced to five years each on two felony charges -- malicious wounding and wounding a man in the commission of a felony.

Bond was also sentenced to 12 months in jail for a misdemeanor assault and battery charge and five months for a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a machete.

The sentences for wounding a man in the commission of a felony, assault and battery and brandishing a machete were all suspended.

Bond was ordered to be of good behavior for 20 years and will be on probation for four years after he is released from prison.

The charges stemmed from an incident on May 26 in the Kroger parking lot at Westlake Towne Center that began as a near traffic mishap and escalated into a physical alteration between Bond and two men from Chesterfield County, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dwight Rudd.

During the altercation, the driver of the vehicle from Chesterfield County was struck with a machete that Bond pulled out of the back of his pickup truck, Rudd said.

The victim was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment for a gash on his arm, Rudd said.

Bond was arrested at the dumpsters on Scruggs Road. He told deputies that the object in the back of his truck, a machete, was a tire iron.

Later, Bond admitted it was a machete, not a tire iron, that he used during the altercation, Rudd said.

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