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Floyd County jury rejects insanity defense

The man acquitted in the hit-and-run death of a Roanoke lawyer has been found guilty of all charges in an assault on a Floyd County woman.

Jeffery Young was accused of running down the Floyd victim with his car in a January 2008 incident that occurred just two days after lawyer Tom Farrell was struck and killed by a vehicle in Roanoke County.

A Floyd County jury returned guilty verdicts this morning in the second incident, reports The Roanoke Times.  Defense lawyers had argued Young’s mental illness left him unable to control his behavior.

Young faces up to 45 years in prison.

By Peter Vieth

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