A Mineral man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday, July 17 to more than 24 years on charges of kidnapping, interstate domestic violence and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
Thomas Earl Faulls Sr., 48, was convicted by a jury in February for the August 22, 2012 kidnapping of his ex-wife, Lori Ann Faulls, 50. The Faulls’ had previously been married for 20 years.
According to court records, Lori had agreed to take her estranged husband to pick up his vehicle, which was ostensibly at an auto repair shop in Spotsylvania County.
Lori’s daughter reported her missing at about 9:30 p.m. that evening when Lori failed to return to her home in Williamsburg and had made no contact with her children, according to Deputy Chief Major Donald Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.
LCSO deputies were dispatched to Thomas’s Jouett School Road home that evening, where Lori’s unoccupied vehicle was discovered at the residence. A search of the premises and surrounding area was made while law enforcement stayed in contact with the Faulls’ children.
According to Lowe, there had been a history of domestic violence calls from the Faulls residence over the years.
In a memorandum in support of sentencing from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the
marriage had been rife with mental and physical abuse. The document states that Lori’s decision to leave the abusive relationship resulted in escalating violence and threats to her well-being, as well as the security of one the couple’s children.
To read the entire story, see the July 24 edition of The Central Virginian.