Today in Appomattox County Circuit Court, thirty-five-year-old Concord resident Christopher Dustin Mayberry was sentenced to serve 41 years for sex crimes with a minor that were committed in 2019.
Mayberry had been found guilty by an Appomattox County jury at a Feb. 4 trial during which the victim, who was seven years old at the time the incident occurred, appeared as a witness via a closed circuit video feed.
Circuit Court Judge Andy Nelson followed the exact sentencing recommendation of the jury back in February, which totaled 41 years. Mayberry was found guilty of four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child under age 15, one felony count of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under age 13, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The felony aggravated sexual battery charge carries a mandatory 20-year sentence. Five years of active prison time were handed down on each of the indecent liberties with a child charges, with five additional years suspended on each count. Twelve months of active sentence was applied to the misdemeanor charge.
Mayberry's attorney, Jordan Davies, said that Mayberry admitted committing the crime and deserves punishment, but requested a sentence of 10-12 years. Davies argued that 10-12 years was more fitting for the particular facts of this case. However, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dana Smith argued for the full sentence recommended by the jury, citing that Mayberry still doesn't seem to grasp the seriousness of the offenses — Smith referred to an official evaluation in stating her conclusion.
The victim's mother and father, who are no longer residing together, both gave victim impact statements, speaking of the emotional and behavioral harm done to the victim.
Mayberry spoke before he was sentenced, offering an apology to the victim's family.
Mayberry had resided with the victim in a step-father role at the time of the illegal acts, a situation which Nelson said put Mayberry in a position of trust, and that was broken. Nelson also said he believes that aside from murder, sex crimes against children are the worst.