A truck driver who was accused of stabbing another trucker in November 2019 during a truck stop argument over parking has been sentenced to prison.
On April 20, 2021, former truck driver Charles Edward Jones Jr. was sentenced to 11 years in prison with 5 years suspended after he pleaded no contest to a charge of malicious wounding in Frederick County Circuit Court in Virginia as part of a plea bargain, according to reporting from the Winchester Star.
An additional charge of stabbing in commission of a felony was dropped as part of the plea bargain.
Jones was charged in connection with a November 21, 2019, stabbing that occurred at a Flying J location in Frederick County, Virginia.
Truck driver Rodney Foley told police that an argument began when he knocked on the door of a parked truck and asked the driver to move so that another driver could park.
Foley said that soon after he made the request, the driver tried to punch him. Foley said that he struck the other driver several times before the driver pulled him into a bear hug and stabbed him, nicking his lung and coming inches from his heart.
Foley was taken to the hospital for surgery following the stabbing. He has now fully recovered.
Investigators were able to obtain a truck number through surveillance video and tracked the truck to a San Bernardino, California trucking company. Foley was reportedly later able to identify Jones Jr. as the driver who attacked him out of a photo lineup.
Jones was arrested in Los Angeles on March 5 and extradited to Virginia.