CHS attacker racks up 10 felony charges
Since beating up UVA students in 2002 when he was a Charlottesville High student, Vernon Howard's lengthy rap sheet has been relatively nonviolent. That changed December 16, when he allegedly fired a couple of rounds into a car in downtown Culpeper. According to the Culpeper Star-Exponent, Howard, in a light blue minivan, had an argument with three people. He left the scene and returned on foot 20 minutes later with a handgun, which he fired at an occupied vehicle. No one was injured.
Howard was arrested in Charlottesville December 20 and charged with 10 felony counts that could add up to more than 30 years in prison. "That's a bunch of time," says Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman, whose office has prosecuted Howard numerous times. Howard has been convicted of distribution of marijuana, obstruction of justice, and three times for driving on a revoked license.
"It's disappointing someone who has been before the court is back again," says Chapman. "Either he hasn't benefited from the services offered and punishment imposed or he wasn't adequately sentenced."
Howard inflicted a broken cheekbone, concussion and bruises on his UVA victims. He has a pending case in Charlottesville General District Court for making threatening phone calls.