22 September 2015
Sabra Wiseman’s 13-month-old son was being watched by McGuire while she was at work on July 17, 2014; the baby died while in McGuire’s care. McGuire contended that the child rolled off of a futon – a distance of 19 inches – and became wedged between the futon and a nightstand; Dr. Eli Goodman of the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office testified in an earlier hearing that a fall as described by McGuire “could not have caused this constellation of injuries.” Goodman added that the fall would have to be measured in “stories, not inches,” in order to cause the brain damage found on autopsy.
More than 50 people attended the sentencing hearing today; many of them were McGuire’s supporters, and several, including a life-long friend, an uncle, McGuire’s father and his pastor testified in support of McGuire.
McGuire’s former girlfriend and mother of his three sons testified for the Commonwealth. Andreona Wood said that their eight-year relationship ended for good when their then two-month-old son was hospitalized for a week and McGuire failed to visit the child in the hospital. She also testified that McGuire had made only one attempt in a year to visit his children; when she asked that they meet at a park, according to her, he declined the visit.
Wood’s mother, Kim Charron, testified for the defense. Charron now has custody of McGuire’s and Wood’s three sons, and testified that McGuire often called his children and wrote them letters. He has been banned by the court from having contact with them recently.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip asked Charron: “Have you ever known McGuire to teach children profanity or to use homophobic language? Would it surprise you if he did?”
“I would never allow that to happen,” Charron insisted. “No, absolutely not.”
“Do you remember a phone call you received from the defendant on July 14 from the jail,” asked Haislip.
“No,” Charron replied.
After some legal wrangling, a recording of a phone call from McGuire to Charron and his sons was permitted to be played in court. In the recording, McGuire could be heard encouraging his two-year-old son to use profanity and homophobic slurs; Charron could also be heard laughing in the background and encouraging the use of profanity by the child.
Add a comment