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Woman faces up to 20 years on burglary charge
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Christina R. Roudabush

Friday, December 20, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Henry woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to one count of burglary in connection with a March home invasion, which left the female resident badly beaten.

Christina R. Roudabush, 30, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Two additional charges, malicious wounding and petit larceny, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

A Figsboro man is also charged in connection with the case.

John Robert Arrington Jr., 43, is charged with malicious wounding and breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

Franklin County Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II withheld making a decision on the plea agreement until after Arrington's trial at which Roudabush has agreed to testify against him.

A sentencing hearing for Roudabush is set for April 2 at 3 p.m.

Arrington and Roudabush, both acquaintances of the 59-year-old victim, allegedly broke into her home on Philpott Road in Henry on March 21, looking for prescription narcotics, Deatherage said.

The victim was asleep around 6:30 a.m. in a recliner when someone began assaulting her with a wooden club, Deatherage said.

When her attacker left, she was able to call 911 and ask for help.

The victim, who suffered serious head injuries and broken bones, was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Deatherage said.

During the investigation, an additional petit larceny charge was filed against Arrington.

Arrington was set for trial last week in circuit court, but the case was continued until March 13, 2014, at 9 a.m.

 
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