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August 20, 2020

Judge denies motion that would strike murder verdict

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Sheriff’s deputies escort Myi’son Ianeene Ellis from the courthouse after his March 19 murder conviction.
Ellis Murder Case
• What: Aug. 26, 2019 murder of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr., 18, shot in the face outside of his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton. He died later that night in Fauquier Hospital.

• Defendant: Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, of Waynesboro.

• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Jury trial: March 2-5 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

• Verdicts: Guilty on all three charges March 5.

• Jury sentences: 38 years for murder, 3 years for gun charge and 10 years for conspiracy charge.

• Thursday, Aug. 20: Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. denies defendant’s motion to set aside jury’s verdict.

• Next: Judge will impose sentences at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

• Prosecutors: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Abigail J. Owens and Amy Cassandra.

• Defense attorney: Jessica N. Sherman-Stoltz, Waynesboro.

• Jury: Seven women and five men.
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Staff Journalist
A Fauquier County Circuit Court judge Thursday morning refused to set aside the murder conviction of a Waynesboro man who shot to death a local teenager last summer.

A 12-member jury on March 5 found Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, guilty of first-degree murder and two related charges in the Aug. 26 killing of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr. The shooting took place outside Mr. Williams’ family home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton.

The jury sentenced Mr. Ellis to 51 years in prison, including 38 years for murder, 10 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and three years on a gun charge.

A drug dealer, Mr. Williams, 18, died of single gunshot to the face. Investigators described the incident as a botched robbery attempt.

Mr. Ellis’ defense attorney, Jessica Sherman-Stoltz last month filed a motion to strike the jury’s verdict.

Among other things, Ms. Sherman-Stoltz argued Thursday that Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. “erred” in not giving her enough time to review about 600 jailhouse phone call recordings that involved Mr. Ellis and others that she received within “mere days” of the four-day trial.

The Waynesboro lawyer further questioned the judge’s actions related two prosecution witnesses and their testimony during the trial.

Judge Whisenant presided over Thursday’s 40-minute hearing.

After denying Ms. Sherman-Stolz’s motion to effectively nullify the jury’s actions, the judge scheduled a hearing Oct. 23 to impose Mr. Ellis’ sentence.

A key prosecution witness and one of the three defendants, Lurcretia Ann Robinson, 55, of Nokesville, testified during the trial that Mr. Ellis separately confessed to her that he shot the victim.

Authorities originally charged Ms. Robinson with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with Mr. Williams’ shooting death.

On June 18, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge — accessory after a homicide — and got sentenced to five years in prison, with three years and two months suspended.

Ms. Robinson told the trial jury in March that she drove Mr. Ellis to the teenager’s home the night of the murder.

While Ms. Robinson remained in the vehicle, Mr. Ellis allegedly confronted the victim outside the home.

Mr. Ellis told her that the two men got into a fight, she testified.

If not for that, “he wouldn’t have had to pop him,” Ms. Robinson said Mr. Ellis told her.

Karen Farmer also testified that Mr. Ellis — her former boyfriend — admitted he shot the victim.

“He said after he shot” Mr. Williams, “Lincoln fell face forward” in the driveway, said Ms. Farmer.

Her brother — Daniel Martin “Rudeboy” Farmer II, 24, of Nokesville — faces the same charges as Mr. Ellis in the case.

The court had scheduled a four-day jury trial in June and July to decide Mr. Farmer’s case but postponed it indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300.
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Jeffersonian American · August 23, 2020 at 8:02 am
Our Fauquier County Sheriff's Department Deputies are among the finest citizens of our County who deserve our respect- I have witnessed them performing many thankless tasks in recent decades under all kinds of circumstances and they are all to be commended for defending life, liberty and property in the fight against crime and the preservation of law and order.

Be it saving lives, protecting lives, or restoring law and order, I hope Unfair-AND-Unbalanced posting below never has to rely on the inherent decency, honor and heroism of our local Fauquier Law Enforcement Officers. I'd take these Sheriff's Deputies any day of the week over the truly ugly, nasty, Domestic Terrorist Black Lives Matter and Antifa crowd gathering every Saturday morning in Warrenton's Courthouse Square at 10 AM to frighten and terrorize our unsuspecting elderly citizens and parents with innocent young children taking a walk or running errands (or heaven forbid- trying to run an urgent Saturday morning errand at The Fauquier Bank), which I noticed was surrounded Saturday morning as I ran errands myself. What I witnessed of these ugly, Goth-looking, BLM / ANTIFA Domestic Terrorists in Courthouse Square on Saturday morning makes the old Ku Klux Klan look like a church choir. UnfairandUnbalanced talks as though he was there, too.

As for the alleged defendant in the photograph, if he is found guilty in a court of law, he should face the Electric Chair. This will require our Thinking Citizens to vote in November to begin to return return Virginia back to a stricter Law and Order State as it was earlier in my lifetime. The 2020 Democrat Party Platform linked below wants to ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY, empty our jails and abolish Law Enforcement as we Americans have known it for over two centuries, among other horrors rehashed from the 1963 Communist Manifesto. Don't believe me? Just read the JOEBIDEN.COM 2020 Democrat Party Platform below.

The Biden-Sanders unity task force recommendations are laced with words about American inequity, massive control over neighborhoods, and how they plan to negatively impact every single job in the country. Biden has plans to financially bail out every poorly-run city, new gun confiscation programs, and expanded rights for illegal aliens. This is not a people’s movement because the people and our U.S. and Virginia Constitutions have nothing to do with it. It’s a top-down centralized government that Karl Marx would be proud of.
DonkeyFarmer · August 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm
Karen 530, that photo was taken March 4th, back when Dr. Fauci said masks were useless and our Surgeon General tweeted "STOP BUYING MASKS!"

The Sheriffs are all masked up now.
Rover 530 · August 22, 2020 at 7:17 pm
You can't distance socially in this scenario but there's not a mask on anyone in the picture. What could possibly go wrong?
DonkeyFarmer · August 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm
Janel Benoit Folsum - Who are you "Agreed!!" with in your post? Seems like you "Agreed!!" with a nutcase that attacked the police, accused them of domestic violence, and insulted their appearance and weight.
FairandBalanced · August 21, 2020 at 12:39 am
FairandBalanced · August 21, 2020 at 12:07 am
FairandBalanced · August 21, 2020 at 12:06 am
we've missed you at the diner.
FairandBalanced · August 21, 2020 at 12:05 am
if they don't drop dead from their own ailments on the way to your rescue. like sending a leaky boat to save a leaky boat. donkey. let me assure you. a 'side' does not serve you. we are all on the same leaky boat.
DonkeyFarmer · August 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm
When I read posts like these ones from the mentally unbalanced one, I am reassured that I am on the right side.

And Janel Benoit Folsum you are a vile human as well.

Sad part is these police officers would still come to your aid when you are being beaten by BLM rioters.

#Blue Lives Matter
FairandBalanced · August 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm
We all know these men are work'n it. Mailing it in. Get'n away from the house and their own domestic problems. Keep'n the peace. Waiting for the retirement to kick in. Give it to them now! Get them out of the scene. Hire some new college grads and let these fat and old guys train them and then go, get out, leave. fishing or get a nursing degree or teach at Lord Fairfax or whatever....they are set for life. But a dangerous society presides and we need able bodies with smart 21st century perspective...
FairandBalanced · August 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Even if the bad dude gets the death penalty he's still going to live longer and healthier than the other three in that pic. whew! embarrassing. Fauquier's finest. A life of duty, protection and service does not give you license to stay on the force when you are a 911 call away from collapsing because of health issues during a public crisis which can happen at any time and in any way....
FairandBalanced · August 20, 2020 at 6:54 pm
JAYSUS Christ! We need to get some fit young men without the heart attack bellies and diabetes type 2 wannabe cool rapper shades and the big hip guns on the force! that picture does not cast this community in a good light. what a freak'n mess.
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