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Charles Edward Glover will spend the better part of the rest of his life—if not all of it—in prison following his guilty pleas to killing a Bedford County man last April.
Glover, 44, of Goodview pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Reginald Perry Bowles on April 10, 2012, at Bowles' home on Jeters Chapel Road. Glover also entered guilty pleas to using a firearm in the commission of murder and arson.
According to the plea agreement, which Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz said the victim's family agreed with, Glover was sentenced to 43 years in prison: 35 years on the murder charge, three years on the firearms charge and five years for the arson charge.
Prior to sentencing, Glover tearfully told Bowles' family that he was sorry for his actions.
"I'm so sorry," Glover said. "I didn't mean for this to happen, He was my best friend.”
According to a summary of the evidence, Krantz said Glover stated multiple times that he had shot Bowles nine times and mutilated his body. Glover, after shooting Bowles in the head, neck, face, chest, shoulder and side—and performing the mutilation—set Bowles’ home and garage on fire because he believed his estranged wife was having an affair with Bowles. Glover was arrested, following the shooting, at the home of his mother-in-law in Vinton where he had confronted his wife and told her what he had done. He had threatened to kill himself in front of her.
Krantz said Glover's wife was able to knock the .22-caliber revolver from Glover’s hand and escape while her mom called 911. Glover was arrested at the scene by Vinton Police without incident and the gun was later determined to be the one that was used to kill Bowles.
Glover told authorities that voices told him to kill Bowles and also told him to kill his wife, Krantz said. But Glover—in what Krantz said was evidence of his sanity at the time of the crime—told the voices he would not kill his wife. “The defendant was in command of his mental faculties,” Krantz said. “He was able to distinguish between right and wrong.”
Glover had told authorities he didn’t remember mutilating Bowles, but did remember the shooting and setting the fire. Krantz said a medical examiner couldn’t definitively say whether the mutilation occurred before or after Bowles had died.
Defense Attorney Michael Lonchar said Glover had expressed remorse about the shooting from the start and wanted to take responsibility for it. “Love is a powerful emotion,” Lonchar said of what drove Glover to his crime, stating this was a case of how love can go wrong.
He admitted the evidence against his client was “overwhelming” and that by admitting his guilt he hoped to escape a life sentence. “This agreement was not taken lightly,” Lonchar said. “He (Glover) insisted on entering a guilty plea today.”
Lonchar said, by pleading guilty, Glover hoped to both avoid a life sentence and spare the families involved having to go through a trial. “Mr. Glover didn’t want to reopen those wounds,” he said.
Lonchar called the 43-year sentence “extremely appropriate.”
Glover couldn’t hold back the tears as he first addressed Bowles’ family and then his own, telling them both he was sorry. “I thought the world of him,” Glover said of Bowles. “I’m sorry my wife put us in this predicament. … I’m going to try and make the best of this.”
He apologized to his own family for shaming them and expressed love for his family and children.