Valley Man Enters Plea Agreement, Sentenced on Attempted Capital Murder

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A Shenandoah Valley man who tried to run over two sheriff's deputies with his car last summer will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

Wednesday, Derek Powell entered a plea agreement in Augusta County Circuit Court, pleading guilty to two counts of attempted capital murder and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. The judge accepted the agreement and handed down a sentence. The judge also revoked Powell's probation for prior offenses in Waynesboro.

The charges stem from a police chase that started when Powell slammed into a U-Haul truck on Route 250 in Augusta County last August. When police tracked him down, he tried to make an escape by running over two deputies who were able to get out of the way. Powell hit a second car right after that.

After the hearing, Powell's mother said this isn't the son she knew.

"He wasn't raised that way. I don't know what happens to people, they get addicted to drinking and drugs and do everything out of character. It could've been worse today though, he could've spent the rest of his life in jail,” said Wanda Powell, Powell’s mother.

She says when he goes to jail, he'll be leaving behind his two kids.

Powell was actually sentenced to more than 30 years Wednesday, but with some of that suspended and much of the time to be served concurrently, he'll only be behind bars until 2024.

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