Jack David Price

Today in Appomattox County Circuit Court, Jack David Price, of Pamplin, was sentenced on charges related to the alleged attempted murder of his 95-year-old mother-in-law. 

As part of a plea agreement, the first-degree attempted murder charge against Price was dropped.

Price, 56, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of altering food or drink with drugs, one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice/resisting arrest. 

Price will serve a total of six years in prison on the felony charges. 

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Leslie Fleet explained that the attempted murder charge was dropped in order to resolve the case without having to bring the victim, Ester Price, to the witness stand at her advanced age and while in poor health.

Fleet stated that Ester Price, also of Pamplin, has suffered recent health setbacks, but is unsure if there is any connection to prior health complications involving the case against Jack Price. 

Evidence presented in court states that on December 8, 2017, Jack Price insisted on preparing coffee for Ester Price, but laced the coffee with a methamphetamine drug. 

Ester Price soon fell ill with chest pains and vomiting. Jack Price offered to take her to her general doctor, but he never actually took her there. Instead, he was later found driving around with Ester Price in the car and claimed he could not get her an appointment. 

Personnel at the doctor's office claimed that neither Jack or Ester Price showed up or called that day. 

Ester Price was treated at Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where the drug was found in her system through testing. 

For more detailed information, see the October 10 edition of the Times Virginian.