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Lynchburg man sentenced after reportedly shooting man in face

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR News) - A Lynchburg man who is accused of luring a man to buy drugs, then robbing him, and shooting him in the face was sentenced Wednesday. 

Aja Deshawn Cordell Thompson pleaded guilty in Lynchburg Circuit Court on June 20 to aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and grand larceny of an automobile. 

According to the Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney, in exchange for the guilty pleas, the Commonwealth dropped Thompson's burglary charge. 

Thompson is accused of arranging to have a man meet him on July 28 to buy marijuana, then robbing him, when the victim reached for his firearm, Thompson is said to have shot him in the face. 

After being shot, the victim's vehicle crashed into a tree.

The victim testified at the sentencing hearing on August 1, after spending several weeks in the hospital with life-threatening injuries to his head and leg, he now has a rod in his leg and his eye will not close. 

Afterward, Thompson confessed to breaking into a home of a second individual and stealing a car.

Thompson has been sentenced to 19 years in prison (53 years in prison with 34 years suspended). He has been ordered to pay $503,525 to the victims of his crimes. 


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