West Virginia Man Found Guilty in Aldie Music Festival Shooting

Following a multi-day jury trial, Charles Edward Crowley, 33, has been found guilty charges stemming from a shooting at a music festival in Aldie in 2017.

The jury found Crowley guilty of attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, brandishing a firearm, and discharging a firearm in public.

According to evidence in the case, on Sept. 3, 2017, Crowley came to the attention of concert security staff for his behavior.  The concert promoter approached Crowley and asked him to leave the event.  When Crowley refused, security staff approached Crowley to escort him from the premises.  Crowley drew a weapon and pointed the gun at the concert promoter.

Security staff members struck down Crowley’s arm as he was firing the weapon, causing the round to go into the ground. Members of the security team then backed away from Crowley has he raised his weapon again, and pointed it in their direction. As Crowley attempted to fire the weapon again, it jammed and he was unable to fire.

Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived and took Crowley into custody.

Trial testimony included two witnesses who described the incident in detail.

Following the guilty verdicts, the jury returned a verdict fixing Crowley’s sentence at the mandatory minimum of three years in prison for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and $3,500 in fines for the other charges.

Crowley’s criminal history consisted of a prior conviction for petit larceny and one conviction for failure to appear, both in 2016.

Crowley will return to court on July 27 for a final sentencing hearing before Judge Jeanette A. Irby who presided over the trial.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner prosecuted the case.

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