Charges withdrawn in driver’s beating

Justin Wayne Squires (left) and Steven Girard Farland, Jr. (Photo by Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – All charges have been withdrawn against two men accused of beating and robbing a driver along Princess Anne Road earlier this year.

According to court records, charges were nolle prosequi on Tuesday against 22-year-old Justin Wayne Squires and 32-year-old Steven Girard Farland, Jr. That means the charges could be brought back at a later date.

James Sparks (Photo courtesy Joy Sparks)
James Sparks (Photo courtesy Joy Sparks)

Both Squires and Farland were charged with robbery, felonious assault, conspiracy to commit a felony and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in February. Their charges were connected to an incident in the 5200 block of Princess Anne Road.

Police say James Sparks was driving a vehicle when he noticed two large construction barrels blocking the road. He exited his vehicle and moved them. Then he saw two men and asked if they had put the barrels in the road, and at some point an altercation ensued.

The men assaulted Sparks and stole some of his things. His mother told Sparks ended up with broken teeth and a broken jaw and had to have surgery.

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