Commonwealth v. Larry Dornell Palmer; Man Sentenced to over 24 Years in Prison for Brutal Stabbing of Wife

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Larry Dornell Palmer, 47 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Aggravated Malicious Wounding.  Judge Croshaw sentenced Palmer to forty (40) years in prison, all suspended except 24 years and 1 month to serve. This sentence was the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines' recommendation. 

Palmer was found guilty by Judge Croshaw after a trial on May 1, 2018.  The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on March 7, 2017, Larry Dornell Palmer repeatedly stabbed his wife in the home they shared in Virginia Beach.  Palmer was out drinking alcohol that evening and police were called to the home.  No arrests were made, but Palmer was told by police to leave the home.  Approximately two hours later, he kicked the door in.  The victim noticed that he was armed with two knives which did not come from inside their home.  Palmer stabbed the victim repeatedly all over her body.  When a child in the home tried to leave to get help from a neighbor, Palmer put a knife to the victim's throat and threatened to kill her if the child left the home.  After about twenty minutes, the victim was able to free herself and ran to a neighbor for help. 

Police responded to the scene and found Palmer in a tree a short distance away.  They recovered two knives, believed to have been used in the attack, near Palmer.  The victim sustained serious injuries but survived the attack. 

Palmer has prior convictions for Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II Drug (3 counts), Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, Concealed Weapon, DUI, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Eluding Police, a parole violation, a probation violation, and several traffic infractions.  ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney S. Mario Lorello prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.