Harrell case continued for third time




It’ll soon be a year since a high school cheerleading coach was indicted for embezzlement, but she is yet to go to trial.

Angelia Paige Harrell was scheduled for a jury trial this Thursday, but the case has now been continued for a third time. The new court date is Oct. 21. It, too, is scheduled for a jury.

Harrell is alleged to have diverted funds from the Pulaski County High School cheerleading program for her personal use between March 2010 and October 2011, according to a September 2012 indictment. In addition to being head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad, she also was a guidance counselor at that time.

Erin DeHart, Bland County’s commonwealth’s attorney, has been appointed special prosecutor for the case. Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor stepped aside due to Harrell being employed by the county school system when she was charged.

Harrell’s charges are Class 4 felonies, each carrying a possible sentence of two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.



11 Responses to Harrell case continued for third time

  1. continued?

    August 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Why is this case being continued yet again? We deserve to know why her trial keeps being pushed back. Bland County’s commonwealth attorney was appointed along time ago..this article makes people that the change in prosecutor is the reason for this delay and it is not. If this was anyone less than a “poor little rich girl” this trial would have been over already. She sure set a fine example for the Students of Pulaski County Schools!

    • an outsider looking in

      August 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      You are exactly correct. She should be in jail by this time. And because she is that ‘little rich girl’ when it does finally go to trial she will get a slap on the wrist after allthis time. I am fairly sure ‘family connections’ may have something to do with all these delays.

  2. wild bill

    August 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    You can’t prove guilt if it never goes to court. Luckily they are only using one year out of the MANY she spent stealing money from families and education opportunities from children. What a loser. I hope your child is never treated the way you treated others.

  3. some people are blind

    August 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    What I think is so funny is that she has only been discovered for the past year of her accused theft. She has been doing this for years, perhaps a decade or more. People just don’t take 50k first year out of the gates. I spoke to numerous parents who were scared to make accusations over the years, kuddos to the parents who came forward. Guess here time is done, and I think it is about time she starts doing some time.


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  5. david

    August 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Well there is another case similar to this one one the other page, a young lady took 5,000 was sentenced to 10yrs but only did 6months, and because she hasn’t paid back restitution she is being moved quickly through the Pulaski justice system. If this poor little rich girl who had a lapse in judgment for the last decade walks with little to no punishment, it will ne a travesty to not only the children, parents, the school system ( who believe it or not is playing a role in her fate), but the entire community in whole.

    I have studied some law elsewhere not in va, but I can tell you that this long for a trial isn’t new, its a strategy of the defense to make a deal with the state. People, this lady will not see the inside of a courtroom, she is in the process or almost completing a deal. The issue is the prosecutor who is going to allow this to happen, and fates of others who are less fortunate will continue to suffer. She has people in her corner, just doa mot be surprised when she walks with nothing….

  6. LT

    August 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Thank you again David for pointing out the obvious. This is a game for her attorney to see who can hold out the longest. You know wait long enough and everyone will forget about it and then it can be worked out between the attorneys during lunch. Then it will be a small 3 sentences on the second page of the paper. “Restitution paid in full, so supervised probation for 6 months and no working with funds in the school system”. The money they have been paying her since the time of being found out should have gone toward paying restitution all this time instead of her attorney….

  7. Va Girl

    August 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    She was my son’s senior “advisor” and didn’t follow through on a number of things which caused us frustration and trouble getting his credits transferred to college. She also managed to leave work early on BOTH occasions I came to see her about the problem. Of course I’d taken vacation time/hours to do this….and she had emailed me to come to the school on those dates/times! Never an apology or even offered up an excuse why. She always acted like a….well….it rhymes with “itch”.

  8. Charlie

    August 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    She was also my granddaughter’s senior advisor. When my granddaughter was accepted to a private four year college the admissions counselor “warned” us that we would have to follow behind her “advisor” as she was known be remiss in getting the proper documentation to the College. Sure enough credits were not transferred and other documentation lagged behind. The last thing our seniors need is for PCHS to have a poor reputation among our local colleges .

  9. an outsider looking in

    August 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I said this before, family connections, politics, is what is causing these delays. I agree with David, she will never come to trial, plea deal, sad to see this happen in this community.

  10. What have we become.

    August 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    As parents and citizens why do we sit back and watch our judicial system manipulated? There use to be a time. Whether rich or poor. DO THE CRIME DO THE TIME.
    Somewhere here I read, some were afraid to say or do anything. Well someone finally demanded an answer. And the public (that’s you and me) if this lady is tried and found guilty to be a thief. Then she should do the time. And if it is handled over lunch. We should SCREAM and demand answers.
    Thanks David and LT you have hit the nail on the head.

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