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Teenage killer staying put in juvenile facility

Dylan Eugene Wynn, who pleaded guilty in December to the murder of his father, Eric Eugene Wynn, was ordered Monday to remain in a state juvenile detention facility after a review in Halifax County Circuit Court. Dylan Wynn, the key commonwealth witness in the October trial that ended with his mother and grandmother being convicted of murdering his father, himself pleaded guilty in December to the first-degree murder of his father.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth entered as prosecution evidence during the murder trial of Connie Gayle Ferguson Wynn and Debra Kaye Scribner, Dylan Wynn pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, while the court dismissed a charge against him for use of a firearm to commit murder.

Judge Joel Cunningham, who presided over the trial of Connie Wynn and Scribner, declared Dylan Wynn a “serious offender,” committing Wynn to the Department of Juvenile Justice for an indefinite period of time, with the court to conduct periodic reviews to determine whether or not Dylan Wynn should continue to be held.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White said the Monday review was a continuation of one held in February.

At that time, Judge Cunningham reviewed what material the commonwealth had and continued it until Monday for someone from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice to testify about how Wynn has done, what he’s done and what he has to do, according to White.

Judge Cunningham did not order Wynn released, rather the defendant was remanded back to the state juvenile facility in Bon Air.

“Wynn made a statement that he was getting along okay. He wanted to be released, but he wanted to do his best no matter where he was,” said White.

Kara Comer, a juvenile probation officer, gave the court some information Monday as well, White added.

Her position remains the same as it has been all along, White pointed out, that Dylan Wynn needed to remain committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice so that they could continue with the counseling and programs they had him scheduled for.

At Dylan Wynn’s hearing in December, White and defense attorney Robert Morrison agreed to declare Wynn a serious offender, but they argued for different levels of incarceration.

Morrison argued his client’s best interests would be served by releasing him to the custody of his uncle, Kevin Wynn, while the defendant undergoes the necessary counseling.

Kevin Wynn was in court Monday, but he did not testify, according to White.

Dylan Wynn was declared a serious offender under a Virginia law that allows a judge to give a defendant who was younger than 18 at the time of the offense a blended sentence of both juvenile and adult punishment.

The defendant, currently 16-years-old, could remain in a juvenile correctional center until he turns 21.