Trucker Charged in ‘Malicious’ Stabbing During Parking Dispute Sentenced to Prison
Clear Brook, VA – A California trucker charged in the brutal stabbing of a fellow truck driver at a truck stop in Virginia in 2019 has been sentenced to prison.
In a plea bargain reached on Tuesday in Frederick County Circuit Court, Charles Edward Jones, Jr., 56, of Moreno Valley, CA, pleaded “no contest” to malicious wounding, according to The Winchester Star.
As such, Jones was sentenced to 11 years, with five years suspended, giving him six years of prison time.
A charge of “stabbing in commission of a felony” was dropped as a part of the plea agreement.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on November 21, 2019, at a Pilot Flying J truck stop located at 1530 Rest Church Road in Clear Brook.
According to an affidavit obtained by Transportation Nation Network (TNN) through The Winchester Star, a dispute began when the victim, identified as Rodney Foley, knocked on the door of Jones’ semi-truck and asked him to move so another driver could park.
It is unclear if Jones complied, but Foley says that a short time later Jones angrily approached and assaulted him.
Foley indicated to investigators that Jones attempted to punch him and he then attempted to fend off the attack by punching back and striking Jones several times.
Foley says Jones fell to his knees during the altercation and seemed to have been subdued.
However, Jones then allegedly stood up and placed Foley in a bear hug and stabbed him in his chest.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) investigators said Foley suffered an injury to his lung with the stab wound missing his heart by only two inches.
He underwent emergency surgery at a nearby hospital.
As for Jones, he left the scene before authorities arrived.
Authorities indicated Foley identified Jones from a photo lineup and from surveillance video of him walking into a Denny’s shortly before the altercation.
Investigators later tracked Jones’s white Freightliner, which he drove from the scene, to a San Bernardino, CA, trucking company that employed the assailant.
Jones was a fugitive until he was arrested on March 5, 2020, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) and extradited to Virginia.