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Dickenson Co. shooting suspect enters Alford Plea

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A Clintwood, Virginia man suspected in the July 2016 shooting of his wife and in-laws has now entered an Alford plea to three counts of aggravated malicious wounding.

According to Dickenson County Commonwealth's Attorney Seth Baker, Jamie Neal Sykes faces 20 years to life on each charge.

An Alford Plea means Sykes admits there is enough evidence to convict him in a trial, but he does not admit guilt.

On March 7, Sykes waived his preliminary hearing during an appearance in General District Court.

The shooting that led to a three-hour standoff in the Rose Ridge community after he barricaded himself inside his in-laws' home.

A formal sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 30 2017.

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