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DNA link sends man to prison

DNA link sends man to prisonA man whose DNA linked him to a 2006 Pulaski County robbery case that had gone “cold,” will have to serve 16 years of a 35-year prison sentence.
John Patrick Boysaw, 45, of Maple Street in Pulaski, was arrested for armed robbery in December 2006 — four months after an Aug. 8 robbery at the Day’s Inn Hotel at Exit 94.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor and police reports at the time of the arrest, the clerk at the hotel reported that the suspect, a black male wearing a red bandanna over his face, entered the hotel during the late night to early morning hours. She said he demanded money and threatened to “blow her … head off.” The robber left after the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s investigators found the bandanna in the hotel parking lot, Fleenor said. It was submitted to the Roanoke forensics laboratory for DNA testing.
He said all leads in the case turned up nothing and the case went “cold.”
However, one day in December 2006, investigators received a call that a forensic scientist had been able extract a small amount of DNA from the bandanna. Fleenor said the DNA profile was compared to profiles in the Virginia DNA database and turned up a match with Boysaw’s profile.
The database contains a sample from every person arrested for or convicted of a felony in Virginia. According to Fleenor, Boysaw’s DNA profile had been placed into the database as the result of an earlier crime.
After a lengthy interview by police, Fleenor said Boysaw ultimately confessed to committing the robbery. He later pled guilty to armed robbery and wearing a mask in the commission of a robbery.
During sentencing earlier this week, Judge Colin R. Gibb imposed a 35-year prison sentence. However, he suspended all but 16 years of the sentence.
Prior to being sentenced, Boysaw told the judge he had suffered from a drug problem, that he had been a user of crack cocaine and that he had never really had any treatment for drug use, according to Fleenor.
He said Boysaw will serve most, if not all, of the 16-year sentence and will be placed on another 15 years of supervised probation upon his release.

The prosecutor indicated Boysaw will be held at New River Valley Regional Jail until he is transferred to a penitentiary — most likely a medium or maximum security facility.

DNA link sends man to prison

DNA link sends man to prisonA man whose DNA linked him to a 2006 Pulaski County robbery case that had gone “cold,” will have to serve 16 years of a 35-year prison sentence.
John Patrick Boysaw, 45, of Maple Street in Pulaski, was arrested for armed robbery in December 2006 — four months after an Aug. 8 robbery at the Day’s Inn Hotel at Exit 94.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor and police reports at the time of the arrest, the clerk at the hotel reported that the suspect, a black male wearing a red bandanna over his face, entered the hotel during the late night to early morning hours. She said he demanded money and threatened to “blow her … head off.” The robber left after the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s investigators found the bandanna in the hotel parking lot, Fleenor said. It was submitted to the Roanoke forensics laboratory for DNA testing.
He said all leads in the case turned up nothing and the case went “cold.”
However, one day in December 2006, investigators received a call that a forensic scientist had been able extract a small amount of DNA from the bandanna. Fleenor said the DNA profile was compared to profiles in the Virginia DNA database and turned up a match with Boysaw’s profile.
The database contains a sample from every person arrested for or convicted of a felony in Virginia. According to Fleenor, Boysaw’s DNA profile had been placed into the database as the result of an earlier crime.
After a lengthy interview by police, Fleenor said Boysaw ultimately confessed to committing the robbery. He later pled guilty to armed robbery and wearing a mask in the commission of a robbery.
During sentencing earlier this week, Judge Colin R. Gibb imposed a 35-year prison sentence. However, he suspended all but 16 years of the sentence.
Prior to being sentenced, Boysaw told the judge he had suffered from a drug problem, that he had been a user of crack cocaine and that he had never really had any treatment for drug use, according to Fleenor.
He said Boysaw will serve most, if not all, of the 16-year sentence and will be placed on another 15 years of supervised probation upon his release.

The prosecutor indicated Boysaw will be held at New River Valley Regional Jail until he is transferred to a penitentiary — most likely a medium or maximum security facility.