Commonwealth v. Laura Kornylak; Brutal Attack on Family Member Draws 30-Year Sentence

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Laura Kornylak, age 39, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Aggravated Malicious Wounding.  Judge Croshaw sentenced Kornylak to sixty (60) years in prison with thirty (30) years suspended, leaving thirty (30) years to serve.  This sentence greatly exceeds the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommendation of thirteen (13) years and one (1) month. 

Kornylak pled guilty on August 13, 2019.   Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on June 20, 2018, the victim, who was known to Laura Kornylak, found Kornylak in his home.  Due to issues in the past, he told Kornylak that he was uncomfortable with her presence in the home.  Knowing she had no where to stay, he told her she could stay the night but then needed to leave.  That evening, Kornylak, the victim, and his girlfriend went to dinner.  Kornylak started an argument and her mood shifted.  When they returned after dinner, she left the home. 

Later that night as the victim and his girlfriend were sleeping, Kornylak came into their bedroom with a baseball bat and shouted, "I'm going to kill you."  She then smashed the baseball bat on the victim's face.  He felt the bones surrounding his right eye shatter and immediately lost vision in his right eye.  Kornylak continued to strike the victim, breaking his left hand.  As he ran from the room, Kornylak struck him with the baseball bat on the head, shoulders, and back.  Eventually they made their way outside, where Kornylak strangled the victim and stabbed him with a knife in the face, neck, and abdomen.  He cried out, "You're killing me," to which Kornylak responded, "But you're not dead yet," and continued stabbing and strangling him. 

Officers arrived on scene and saw Kornylak on top of the victim with the knife in her hand.  When ordered to drop the knife, she did not comply.  When she was ultimately handcuffed and searched, police found handcuffs in her boots.  The victim was transferred to the level one trauma unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he remained for several days.  Multiple injuries required surgeries.  The victim is still blind in his right eye.  He has scars on his face, abdomen, and left hand.  He has limited use of his left hand, and continues to experience dizziness and instability as a result of the blows to his head with the baseball bat. 

Kornylak has prior convictions for Prescription Fraud, Public Intoxication (2 counts), and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Katharine D. Aicher prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.