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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jonesville Virginia Man Arrested For Impersonating A Deputy United States Marshal

BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that Richard Wayne Parsons, 35,of Jonesville, Va., has been arrested in Lee County, Virginia on a federal criminal complaint charging him with impersonation of a Deputy United States Marshal. The United States Marshals Service and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department took Parsons into custody on February 5, 2014.

The investigation of the case was conducted by United States Marshals Service and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee will prosecute the case for the United States.

The criminal complaint for impersonation of a federal officer is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Anyone with additional information regarding similar incidents should contact the United States Marshals Service at 276-628-7940.

Updated April 14, 2015