Jury Recommends 4-year Prison Sentence for Assault on Loudoun Deputy

A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury Monday found at 37-year-old Oakton man guilty of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

Jurors recommended Eric Christian Lally serve four years and three months in prison on the charges.

On March 31, 2015, deputies were dispatched to Inova Loudoun Hospital for a report of a disorderly person. They found Lally laying in a wooded area in front of the hospital.

According to testimony in the case, hospital staff members said he appeared to be intoxicated and had run out of the hospital before emergency room doctors were could examine him. As deputies attempted to assess the situation and determine Lally’s identity, Lally stood up. Deputy Shannon Almborg reached out in an attempt to steady Lally and the defendant began swinging his fists, striking the deputy in the face and chest. A second deputy helped restrain Lally, who was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Center, where he continued to be uncooperative, combative, and refused to stand or walk.

Lally has two prior convictions for assault and battery—both involving law enforcement officers—disorderly conduct, and obstruction of justice.

The maximum prison sentence for the felony charge of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer is five years.

The case was heard by Judge Douglas L. Fleming, who revoked Lally’s bond pending a final sentencing hearing on June 13.

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