Charges Reduced in Ashburn Stabbing Case

A General District Court judge today agreed to reduce charges brought against an Ashburn man who stabbed three people earlier this year.

Erick A. Joya-Morales, 18, was charged with three counts of aggravated malicious wounding following an altercation in May. On Wednesday, Substitute General District Court Judge Robert P. Coleman, from Prince William County, agreed to a deal approved by county prosecutors to not prosecute two of those charges and to reduce the final one to unlawful wounding. Joya-Morales is expected to formally plead guilty to that charge in Circuit Court on Sept. 10.

Aggravated malicious wounding, a Class 2 felony, carries a punishment of 20 years to life in prison. Unlawful wounding, a Class 6 felony, carries a punishment of one to five years in prison.

The case surrounds a May 8 incident in which Joya-Morales stabbed three men before fleeing the scene. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Blossom Hill Terrace in The Grove at Flynn’s Crossing neighborhood in Ashburn shortly after 9:15 p.m. that day. They later apprehended Joya-Morales.

Two of the three men who were stabbed were treated and released from the hospital within a day. The other man remained in the hospital longer.

Joya-Morales’ defense attorney, Tony Paracha, said Joya-Morales acted in self-defense in two of the three stabbings, but is viewed as the aggressor in the remaining one.

Joya-Morales has been held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center since May.

One thought on “Charges Reduced in Ashburn Stabbing Case

  • 2020-08-05 at 5:44 pm

    I’m wondering what justification there is for stabbing three people and having two charges dropped and the third charge reduced. I suppose the defendant could claim self-defense based on disparity of force for 2 of the 3 stabbings but I would think a competent prosecutor, actually interested in keeping Loudoun streets safe had a better than average chance of pursing the greater felony charges.

    If law enforcement is going to do its job and arrest violent criminals, the local prosecutor ought to be willing to at least try and convict the criminal. I mean, you stab 3 people and basically get a “mulligan” for two of them and a vastly reduced charge from the third stabbing?

    Don’t Loudoun residents deserve to move about the community in relative safety as violent criminals are taken off the streets? Or will this violent felon get back on the streets by Christmas?

    Which county prosecutors floated this deal? I mean they do understand they work for the citizens and are not associate defense attorneys, right?

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