Threat to clerk yields prison time
Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018
A letter sent to the Lunenburg County Circuit Court’s Office that threatened to kill the Lunenburg Clerk of Court and the victim of a case warranted the suspect to receive an additional 65 years to serve for violating his good behavior. He was already sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2012 for the forcible rape of a local woman. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, the defendant, Larry Charles Green, 49, sent a letter from prison to Gordon Erby, the Clerk of Court, demanding that he receive all of his suspended sentence of 70 years in prison because if he ever got out, “he would rape and kill a woman who had made allegations against him in 1992 in Staunton which he claimed were false. He then made a reference to the clerk, and said he would do the same to the clerk and to his former attorney.” The letter contained Green’s signature.
According to a copy of the letter that the court received July 27, Green threatened to kill the victim, his former lawyer, and the clerk, who were not mentioned by name in the letter, or to have someone do it for him.
A release from the Lunenburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Office cited that Clement indicted Green for the felony of Threat by Letter to Kill, a felony with a five- year maximum sentence. He also filed a Show Cause Order to revoke Green’s suspended time.
In court on Nov. 5, Green told the judge that he wanted to be sentenced to all of the 70 years. The judge imposed 60 years on the Show Cause Revocation and five years on the new conviction.
Erby said the letter was disturbing, particularly that the letter mentioned having someone else enact the threats Green made.
“When you think about someone else on the outside doing the job for him, that’s a little scary,” Erby said.
“It comes with the territory,” Erby said about the letter. “We get letters from people all of the time with crazy stuff on it, but not generally someone wanting to do you harm.”
When asked, Erby said he would be open to a discussion about increasing security measures at the clerk’s office.
Clement said that the judge made certain that Green was competent to be tried and that he knew what he was doing. Green calmly accepted the imposition of sentence.
Even if Green had eventually been released on his original 30-year sentence, said Clement, he would have been about 70 years old, and then subject to the state’s procedure for lifetime civil commitment as a violent sexual predator.
Green had an extensive prior criminal record in the western part of Virginia, according to Clement, which included convictions for Aggravated Sexual Battery in 1992 in Staunton on an accusation of fondling a nine-year-old girl, Burglary in 1989 and 1993, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in 1993, 2000 and 2005, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in 2003 and 2010.