Lynchburg man sentenced to nine years active for shooting in April 2019

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A Lynchburg man is convicted of a shootout at his home in April 2019.

On April 13, 2019, the victim and a friend attended a party at Leon Rufus Rose’s home on Norwood Street. According to reports, the boyfriend and Rose got into an argument, which resulted in the victim pulling the boyfriend out of the house to ease the situation. As the victim got into his car with the friend to drive away, Rose came outside with a gun on the porch, fired several shots and hit the victim in the leg.

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Lynchburg police responded to the house by finding several spent 9mm shell casings around the front porch and locating a loaded 9mm Taurus in the house. Rose was then taken into custody and during the search the police found a loaded firearms magazine that matched the pistol found in the house.

After being interviewed by detectives, he admitted handling the Taurus pistol but denied shooting anyone. However, a bullet residue test showed there was bullet residue on Rose’s hands, which determined that he had fired the gun.

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On Thursday, the court sentenced Rose to a total of 18 years in prison with nine years probation and nine years imprisonment on the following charges: Malicious wounding, use of a firearm while committing a crime, and possession of a firearm by a violent felon on April 27, 2021 the test bench.

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