IN A SINGLE STABBING WHERE THE VICTIM PASSED AWAY SEVEN MONTHS LATER: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE THAT A PERSON SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR BOTH AGGRAVATED MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. IF YOU DISAGREE, WHICH ONE DO YOU FEEL IS MORE APPROPRIATE TO PROSECUTE?
Hello there, my name is David Bomber. I am a Virginia D.O.C. prisoner who is seeking a conditional pardon with the Governor’s office. In addition to that I am attempting to retroactively amend Virginia’s statue on aggravated malicious wounding. If you would be so kind, please allow me a few minutes of your time:
On June 5th, 2010 I was relaxing at the neighborhood pool in the apartment complex where I resided, when out of the blue my neighbor whom I had never seen before walked over and introduced himself. My very first impression of Mike was that he seemed pretty lonely, but he came across as being friendly and likeable, so I didn’t see any danger in the invite to come over to his apartment and have a few beers with him.
It wasn’t until hours later when my then girlfriend joined us after getting work off that his behavior began to change dramatically. Of course he and I had continued drinking heavily until we were both pretty intoxicated, however she remained sober throughout this.
His first noticeable change was his insistence that my girlfriend procure prescription pills called Hydrocodone, also known as “Loratabs,” which she ultimately did not get for him. Next, what followed suit was his multiple claims of suffering from PTSD from witnessing his buddies “being blown up in a helicopter crash” during combat.
Later, when the three of us were at my apartment Mike once again became distraugt over suffering from PTSD. Not long afterwards, Mike then proceeded to attack me by placing me in a chokehold to the point that I began to lose consciousness. According to my ex-girlfriend, who testified on my behalf, she had to intervene in order for him to release his grasp. Nevertheless, I was pretty disorientated as I collected myself and retreated away from him inside of my tiny apartment.
Moments later as I was at the entrance to my kitchen I heard my ex yell out in a panic. That’s when I noticed Mike was advancing towards me. I quickly armed myself with a steak knife and swung as he approached, striking him ONCE in the chest.
Sadly, two weeks after the stabbing Mike suffered a “rebleed” that caused him to enter into a permanent vegetative state. Then 224 days later Mike passed away from complications from the wounding.
As a result I was indicted and convicted by a jury of both aggravated malicious wounding and second-degree murder, along with several other misdemeanor indictments.
Consequently, I was sentenced to 15 years for second-degree murder, 25 years for aggravated malicious wounding, along with 12 months and 60 days for the various misdemeanor indictments.
To say in the least, I am utterly devestated by what happened that particular day and how it resulted for Mike and his family. Being a father of two boys myself, and a brother, I can only imagine both their pain and grief from the loss of Mike. Personally, I can tell you that to this very day that I struggle to find closure. In fact, my remorse is well above reproach when you consider that the Commonwealth Attorney gathered witnesses who testified how distraught I was (and still am) over this tragedy. Simply put, this is something that will remain with me for the rest of my life no matter what sentence I must serve by any court.
These days as I serve my time I try to maintain a positive attitude, remain infraction free, and strive to better myself by educating myself as best as I can. Moreover, I am desperately trying to get placed in the “Victim Impact Group” that the institution recently started. Besides that, I maintain regular employment with VCE (Virginia Correctional Enterprises) in the woodshop where we produce many items for various state agencies.
On a much different note, I am a huge proponent for not only fair punishment, but also equal protection under the law. To the best of my knowledge I am the very first person in Virginia’s history to be convicted of both aggravated malicious wounding and second-degree murder of the same person [from a single wounding]. Needless to say, I feel that the sentences imposed are grossly disproportionate as well as discriminatory and unconstitutional, which is why I have presented a petition to the Virginia Senate to amend the statue on aggravated malicious wounding (For more info please visit the links provided below). However, as of this writing I am currently putting together a package that I will be submitting to the Governor’s office, seeking a conditional pardon.
In that regard I am asking that the conviction for aggravated malicious wounding be forgiven, leaving me to serve the sentence imposed by the jury for second-degree murder and the various misdemeanor convictions.
Thank you very much for both your time and consideration in support of my cause. It is most certainly appreciated!
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Contact me via snail mail:
David Bomber #1130793
Nottoway Correctional Center
P.O. Box 488
Burkeville, Va. 23922
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