West Virginia Man Found Guilty of Firing Gun at Aldie Music Festival

West Virginia Man Found Guilty of Firing Gun at Aldie Music Festival

A jury found a West Virginia man guilty of trying to shoot a security officer at a music festival in Aldie in September.

The jury found Charles Edward Crowley, 33, guilty on charges of attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, brandishing a firearm and discharging a firearm in public.

Assistant Commonewealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner prosecuted the case during the trial, which concluded March 28 at the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg.

Two witnesses testified against the defendant at the trial. According to their testimony and a LCSO report, deputies were called after an altercation at the music festival Sept. 3 in Aldie between Crowley and concert security staff. When Crowley refused to leave, security staff tried to escort him from the premises.

Crowley then drew a gun and pointed it at the concert’s promoter. Security staff grabbed Crowley’s arm as he was firing the weapon, causing the round to go into the ground.

The security team moved away from Crowley as he raised the weapon a second time, but when he tried to fire a second round the gun jammed. LCSO deputies arrived and arrested Crowley.

After rendering the verdict, the jury recommended the mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison and $3,500 in fines. Crowley’s criminal history includes on conviction for petit larceny and one conviction for failure to appear, both in 2016.

Crowly will return to court July 27 for a final sentencing hearing before Judge Jeanette A. Irby, who presided over the trial.

Joseph Dill