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Deputy Sheriff Emery Grant Mabry

Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, April 22, 1974

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Emery Grant Mabry

I do not understand how this was 2nd degree murder. This was an execution. 2nd degree would make more sense had they been in a struggle but this makes no sense. Fortunately today, this no longer happens and when it does the max penalty for murder II is now 40 years instead of 20 years and there is no more parole


July 28, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 11, 2017

My Father served with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for many years and I know the risks that came with policing my home county even back then. Somehow, Dad and the other guys policed the entire county with only 5 to 6 men and they did a very good job. Injury or death was a constant companion in as much as they worked mainly alone within large sections of the county. The bravery of such men goes without saying and must be admired since it called for great sacrifice. Those who made the supreme sacrifice must never be forgotten.

J. W. Leonard Spl Agent-in-Charge Ret.
U.S. Department of Defense

November 6, 2016

You are not forgotten brother. Today, "A" Shift dedicates our watch to you. Thank you for your sacrifice, rest easy brother.

Sgt. Jason Slaughter
Radford Police Department

April 22, 2012

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

August 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I am sorry that your killer did not get the full measure of justice that you, your family and your department deserved.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 22, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 22, 2010

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Deputy Mabry.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

How the vicious thug was only convicted of 2nd Degree Murder & sentenced to 15 years is beyond me! What a true travesty of justice. Thank you for your bravery, dedication, service and sacrifice. I know that today, the 34th Anniversary of your brutal, senseless and tragic murder is terribly hard on your firends and loved ones. May your loved ones find solace in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER again be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired

April 22, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 2, 2008

I was a teenager when this murder occured. I remember well that day and the days that followed. My father was Chief of Police in the Town of Fries at the time. My father and every other police officer in the area banned together in search of the second suspect. I remember my father being out with fellow officers throughout the day and night searching. This was the first officer killed in the line of duty in this area after my father became an officer (1970-1995). He would talk of this incident from time to time during his life. He passed away on Dec.30,2001.

Karen Mottesheard - Goad
Daughter of Former Fries Chief of Police Charles "Buster" Mottesheard

October 24, 2007

I remember when this happened and the entire county grieved. My father did not sleep for weeks after this and retired early. He has sinced passed as well. Emery was a good man, husband, and father.

Dan Semones
My father was Sherriff in 1974

June 23, 2006

May you Rest in Peace Sir.

April 22, 2006

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Mabry family and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Virginia State University Police Department

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