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Posted December 9, 2013 EST

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Madison Man Pleads Guilty In Volunteer Firefighter's Death
United States (North Carolina) - A Madison man received a sentence of up to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 2012 death of volunteer firefighter Mark Chandler. Dustin Justice Wright, of 306 Yancey St., Madison, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury charges.

Wright received a sentence of 59 to 83 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, with credit for 416 days. According to court documents, Wright faced up to 204 months in prison for the manslaughter charge and 88 months in prison for the assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury charge.

Attorney Richard Panosh represented Wright.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 13, 2012.

According to a press release from the Rockingham County District Attorney's Office Wright went to Chandler's home located at 341 Belthrop Road in Stoneville.

After not being allowed in the home a fight broke out.

Officials said Wright took a hit to the face with an object causing injuries. Wright then stabbed Chandler and another victim, who later recovered.

Wright left the scene before officers arrived and was later found in Stokes County.

"Deputies and detectives with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department worked diligently to investigate this case," Assistant District Attorney Melanie Bridge, who prosecuted the case, said. "Their work with the district attorney's office was important to insuring [sic] that justice was done."

Deputies said early on in the investigation they believed alcohol played a factor in the incident. According to court documents Wright hadn't used any substances in just over a year.

Wright faced many prior convictions, most of which were traffic related, but also included two counts of assault on a government official, misdemeanor simple possession of a scheduled six controlled substance, assault on a female, simple assault and resisting a public officer.

Written by Reidsville Review

Courtesy of NewsEdge
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