Louisa attack suspect's mother reacts to upgraded charges

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - New charges with serious penalties against the man accused of beating a grandmother, but the suspect's mother still says her son didn't do it.

The Louisa grand jury indicted Remone Houchens Monday on three charges that could lead to two life sentences for the 19-year-old if convicted in this high profile case.

Remone Houchens wasn't in court, but is expected to go before a judge Tuesday. NBC12 talked to his mother who is adamant the sheriff's office got the wrong guy.

We can't air what Jill Houchens first said when we asked her about the upgraded charges against her son Remone. She had a more tame response on the follow up.

"That's what happens when you don't go after the real person who did this," said Jill Houchens.

Houchens sat in Louisa Circuit Court in support of her other son Rontray who faced new felony drug charges in a separate case. The Louisa grand jury indicted the brothers on the same day.

Remone is now charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding, robbery and burglary with the intent to commit robbery. The charges stem from the May 22nd brutal beating of 87-year-old Lois Rosson. The first two carry life sentences. The third has a 20 year penalty.

"He was originally charged with malicious wounding which only carried twenty years, so aggravated malicious wounding is much more serious. It requires the commonwealth to prove that the victim received significant or permanent injury," said Louisa Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Rusty McGuire.

Rosson lost sight in her left eye in the brutal attack in her own bed. Her son said recently his mom has good and bad days, but can now walk with a cane. Jill Houchens disputes the prosecutor's claims.

"You think the real person hasn't been caught? That's right," said Houchens.

Lois Rosson's son says he's pleased with how the case has progressed, but declined to comment further on the case until it goes to trial. Remone Houchens is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to have an attorney appointed. His brother Rontray will enter a plea on the drug charges in August.

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