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Radford man nets prison sentence for child endangerment

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Brian W. Graham

A Radford man who accepted a plea bargain with the commonwealth’s attorney was sent to prison last week after pleading guilty to endangering a 4-year-old child.

The child was found unclothed outside a Floyd County home and tested positive for methamphetamine.

The deal dropped a possession of meth charge against Brian W. Graham in exchange for a guilty plea on Jan. 4.

Circuit Judge Mike Fleenor sentenced Graham to three years with a year and seven months suspended.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Hupp told Fleenor that county deputies encountered Graham and others at the Circle K gas station and food shop in Floyd on June 4, 2021, after receiving a call about a disturbance.

During their investigation, deputies learned that a young girl may have been left at home without supervision, and upon arrival to the residence, they found a 4-year-old child naked in the yard.

It took several attempts of knocking at the door before a man opened it and identified himself as Graham’s father. Hupp said the man claimed to have been “in the bathroom” and could not answer the door.

Deputies searched the house and discovered drugs that tests later revealed were methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office called in the Department of Social Services and a test of the child found meth in her system.

A county grand jury indicted Graham on possession of the drug, felony child abuse and disregard for life. The charges were later amended to cruelty, injuring a child; and child endangerment, also a felony.

Conviction on such charges can lead to prison sentences of up to 20 years, but the plea agreement followed Virginia sentencing guidelines for a sentence of three years with about half of that suspended.

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