Wise County grand jury returns manslaughter, forgery, abduction indictments

Mike Still • May 21, 2019 at 9:34 AM

WISE — A Pound man faces charges for the Feb. 2 death of a Kentucky woman.

A Wise County grand jury handed down three separate multicharge indictments Thursday in unrelated cases from last fall and this year.

Tony Curtis Osborne, 35, was the subject of a five-count indictment on one felony charge each of involuntary manslaughter and third-or-subsequent offense petit larceny along with three misdemeanor charges each of trespassing, cutting a tree within 50 feet of a roadway and destruction of property.

According to court documents and Virginia State Police reports, Osborne allegedly cut down a tree along U.S. Route 23 near Wise when it fell across the road and struck a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Jenkins resident Iris Walker.

If Osborne is convicted, the misdemeanor charges each carry a maximum 12-month jail sentence, while the manslaughter charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and the larceny charge a maximum of five years in prison.

The grand jury also handed down a seven-count indictment against Aaron Presley Sluss, 41, of Coeburn, in connection with an alleged Feb. 16 incident involving a family or household member. Authorities claim that Sluss assaulted, strangled and abducted the victim.

The felony charges against Sluss include strangulation, abduction by force, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon. The strangulation charge carries a five-year maximum prison term if Sluss is convicted. The abduction charge carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence. The firearm use charge carries a three-year mandatory minimum term and the firearm possession charge a five-year mandatory minimum term.

The two misdemeanor assault and battery charges in Sluss’ indictment each carry a maximum of 12 months in jail, and a misdemeanor charge of preventing summoning of law enforcement carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Monica Stallard, 30, of Big Stone Gap, received a 24-count indictment for a series of alleged incidents on Nov. 14-16 against a single victim involving forged checks and the theft of a firearm.

Stallard faces seven felony counts each of forgery and uttering, one felony count each of grand larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The forgery and uttering charges each carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence for conviction. The firearm theft charge carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence, and the firearm possession charge carries a 2-10-year sentence.

The misdemeanor charges against Stallard include petit larceny and seven counts of obtaining money or property by false pretenses. Each of the eight charges carries a 12-month maximum jail term on conviction.

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