A Loudoun County jury this past week found Mitchell Edward Arterberry III guilty of assaulting a deputy, and sentenced the man to four years in prison.
The charges stemmed from an early morning incident in July 2012 when a deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call advising that Arterberry, 25, and a female were arguing outside a home in Sterling. Deputies found an extremely agitated Arterberry, who appeared to be intoxicated, according to a press release from the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Arterberry, of Sterling, continued to yell and became combative during the incident.
Following Arterberry’s arrest, he began kicking and screaming in a deputy’s vehicle during transport to the Magistrate’s Office, according to the release. The deputy had to pull over and request additional backup to secure the man in leg restraints, according to the release. The deputy was forced to pull over a second time and request backup after Arterberry broke free from his leg restraints. During this second stop, Arterberry continued to resist and kicked the deputy in the groin, according to the release.
“The jury spoke for the community by recommending a four year prison term, which highlights how seriously we as a community wish to protect those that keep us safe,” Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman said.
Final sentencing has been set for April 10 in Loudoun County Circuit Court. Arterberry remains in the Loudoun County Detention Center.