Ernest Lilly Jr.

Ernest Glenn Lilly Jr.

Admitting that he slashed another man’s arm with a knife during a 2017 fight, a Wytheville man was convicted of malicious wounding on Thursday morning.

Ernest Glenn Lilly Jr., 59, pleaded guilty to the felony charge during a Wythe County Circuit Court hearing.

According to an evidence summary from Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones, police went to Hedgefield Apartments on July 28, 2017, after getting a call about a fight involving a knife.

They found Robert Jackson with a cut to his forearm, which required stitches to close.

Jones said Lilly, a resident of the Pepper’s Ferry Road complex, was going to see a friend when he encountered Jackson outside. Lilly hit Jackson in the jaw; Jackson started to retaliate, and Lilly pulled out a Buck folding knife and cut him, according to the prosecutor.

After the hearing, Jones said that the police report didn’t say what started the fight.

Jones told a judge on Thursday that Jackson had been consulted about Lilly’s plea agreement.

As part of the agreement, Lilly was given a three-year sentence and will be on probation for three years after his release during which time he will waive his Fourth Amendment protections, which means police can search him or his property without a warrant.

Lilly was also ordered to have no contact with Jackson.

He’s being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin.

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