On September 25, 2023, a jury trial began in the Commonwealth v. Alan Colie. After four days of testimony and jury deliberations, a Loudoun County jury returned its verdicts in the Commonwealth v. Alan Colie trial. The jury announced the following verdicts: Guilty of discharging a firearm within a building (Class 6 felony): not guilty of aggravated malicious wounding (Class 2 felony); and not guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (unclassified felony). The case is scheduled for post-trial motions to be heard on October 19, 2023.
The Honorable Judge Matthew P. Snow presided over the trial. The judge will hear motions filed by the defense and determine if the jury’s verdict will be upheld. If the verdict is upheld, Judge Snow will impose a sentence within the law, one to five years in prison, or up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2500.00 fine.
On April 2, 2023, the victim, a self-professed YouTube prankster, went to the Dulles Town Center mall to record interactions for his online prank videos. The victim approached Alan Colie, and shortly thereafter was shot in the stomach. Colie had a license to carry a concealed weapon. At trial, Colie asserted the shooting was done in self-defense.
Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj stated, “The investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the shooting was a force that exceeded the threat to Colie. It is unfortunate that the interaction between the victim and Colie resulted in a tragic shooting. We are thankful that the victim did not die. We appreciate the time, dedication, and service of our jurors. They are the voices of our community, and their service is the most powerful way for them to participate in the judicial process. We are always grateful of the hard work of our law enforcement partners, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, as well as the members of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for their diligence.”
The Commonwealth’s Attorney was represented by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Pamela Jones, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Eden Holmes and Khaliyah Waters, and the victim witness case manager and paralegals.