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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This Week in Crime: Guilty Plea in Fox Mill Slaying, After Hours in the Fake Downtown, and Police Academy XXIII: The Great 7-11 Caper

A Fairfax man has pleaded guilty to the April 2009 slaying of his girlfriend in a Fox Mill home:

A Fairfax County teenager admitted Monday morning that he strangled and then stabbed 19-year-old Siobhan L. Russell to death in his Reston area bedroom last year, and he pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Lee T. Wiggins, now 18, told police that he and Russell had been arguing about their relationship inside his house on Magna Carta Road on April 12, 2009. Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory O. Holt said that Russell reported that "he blacked out, and when he came to, he was on top of her."

Wiggins faces a sentence of five to 40 years in prison at his next hearing on Oct. 1 before Fairfax Circuit Court Judge David S. Schell. Wiggins' lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Karin Kissiah, said Wiggins had significant mental health issues and originally planned to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Instead, Wiggins took responsibility for the crime and entered a straight guilty plea with no agreement on a sentence, Kissiah said.
A Reston man was charged with unlawful entry and being drunk in public after he was found wandering around a closed store in Reston's fake downtown:
A man was arrested after security personnel reportedly located him inside a closed business in the 1800 block of Explorer Street. [The suspect] was charged with unlawful entry and drunk in public.
Finally, two Reston businesses -- the 7-11 on Sunrise Valley Drive and the Rite Aid in Hunters Woods Plaza -- illegally sold alcohol to minors, Fairfax Police said after conducting one of their sting operations with police academy students, including hopefully that guy who made all the funny noises, the end.

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