Office Overview

Prosecutor Profiles

Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney   -      Bethany A. S. Harrison

 

Deputy Commonwealth Attorney   -      Michael C. Pflieger

Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys -      Jennifer S. Bennett      Janell R. Johnson  

Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys   - 

 

 

Marsha R. Calohan

Jessie L Dumond

Brittany E. Roark

Kelsey L. Smith

Katie M. Spaeth

Matthew T. Vordermark

Jessica R. Vormwald

 

Bethany A. S. Harrison

bharrison@ocalynchburg.com

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A., English, University of Virginia; 2001
  • J.D., University of Alabama; 2005

Bethany joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in March 2006. Her case types cover a wide variety of crimes including sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, violent felonies, and murder. She has served as a guest lecturer before numerous local college classes and civic groups on topics of Virginia courts procedure, illicit drug distribution, domestic violence, juvenile justice, and child victims. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Coalition for the 24th Judicial District since 2006 where she served as First Vice-Chair for the Coalition from 2012 to 2015. She is a board member for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Virginia where she acts as President and chair of the Fundraising Committee. She has completed courses in trial advocacy and juvenile competency at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, Computer Forensics for Prosecutors at the National Computer Forensics Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and childPROOF: Advanced Trial Advocacy for Child Abuse Prosecutors with the National District Attorneys Association in Washington, D.C.

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JohnsonMichael C. Pflieger

mpflieger@ocalynchburg.com

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A., The Johns Hopkins University; 1996
  • J.D., University of Virginia; 1999

Mike joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in August 2004. After graduating from law school, Mike was a judge advocate in the United States Army, where he prosecuted offenses under the UCMJ and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He currently prosecutes a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors in General District and Circuit Courts. Mike lives in Lynchburg with his wife and daughter, and is an avid distance runner.

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Jennifer S. Bennett

jsbennett@ocalynchburg.com

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.S., Political Science, Northern Arizona University; 1996
  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law; 1999

Jennifer joined the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in 2004. Prior to coming to Lynchburg, she practiced privately in Charlottesville and taught online legal research for Westlaw. For nine years, Jennifer was a member of the Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Unit, receiving nationwide specialized training in evidence based prosecution and the traumas experienced by adult and child victims. As a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, she now works on the general prosecution team and has prosecuted all manner of crimes from murder and rape to gang crimes and child exploitation cases. Jennifer is also cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Federal government. Embracing technology as both an evidentiary tool and a presentation tool, Jennifer has attended the National Computer Forensic Institute and was on the founding faculty for Virginia’s iPads in the Courtroom course for prosecutors. A mother of two active daughters, she lives in Amherst with her husband and enjoys curling up with a good book when time allows. 

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JohnsonJanell R. Johnson

jjohnson@ocalynchburg.com

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.S., James Madison University; 1989
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University; 1993

Janell has been an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg since 2000 and was recently promoted to Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in April 2006. In addition to prosecuting a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors, Janell’s primary focus is on the prosecution of sex offenses, as well as supervision of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations prosecution team. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Janell worked in private practice in Roanoke, Virginia, specializing in personal injury defense. She currently lives in Bedford with her husband and two children.

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Marsha R. Calohan

mcalohan@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.B.A., Averett University, 2006
  • J.D., Liberty University School of Law, 2014

Marsha joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in January 2017. She is a part-time Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney working primarily with domestic violence cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Prior to coming back to Lynchburg, Marsha served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Danville, Virginia, where she handled both juvenile and domestic violence cases. Before making the transition to prosecution, Marsha served as an Assistant Public Defender in the City of Lynchburg, where she represented court appointed clients. In addition to her experience with criminal law, Marsha completed specialized training to become a Guardian Ad Litem for children. She currently lives in Campbell County with her husband and children.

 

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Jessie L. Dumond

jdumond@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A, English and Political Science, Emory & Henry College, 2004
  • J.D. University of Dayton School of Law, 2007

Jessie joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in July of 2015. She is a member of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations prosecution team and prosecutes misdemeanors and felonies arising out of the Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She is a member of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the 24th Judicial District where she serves as Publicity Chair. She has attended training at the National Conference on Crimes Against Women and has been trained in the ChildFirst protocol for forensic interviewing of children. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Jessie served as an Assistant Public Defender in the City of Lynchburg from 2007 to 2015. Originally from Abingdon, VA, Jessie now lives in Bedford County with her husband and four children.

 

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Britany E. Roark

broark@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A. in Political Science and American Studies; Christopher Newport University; 2013
  • J.D. Liberty University School of Law; 2016

Brittany joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in August 2016. She currently handles most of the misdemeanors in General District Court. Brittany was born and raised in Lynchburg where she attended Jefferson Forest High School. She is an avid sports fan, and avid Atlanta Braves fan.

 

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Kelsey L. Smith

ksmith@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A., English, James Madison University; 2011
  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law; 2014

Kelsey joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in January 2015.  Prior to coming to Lynchburg, she was a Special Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond.  She currently prosecutes a broad range of offenses in the General District, Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts.  Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Kelsey now resides in Lynchburg with her cat.  She enjoys athletics, singing, and traveling in her free time.

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Katie M. Spaeth

kspaeth@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

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Matthew T. Vordermark

mvordermark@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A., English, Virginia Military Institute; 2000
  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law; 2015

Matt joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in August 2015. He currently prosecutes a wide range of felonies and misdemeanors, but primarily works as a part of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations prosecution team. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an executive in the building supply industry for over ten years in North and South Carolina. Matt lives in Lynchburg with his family. In his free time, he is an avid outdoorsman and a rabid sports fan.

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Jessica R. Vormwald

jvormwald@ocalynchburg.com

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A. The George Washington University, 2008
  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law, 2011

Jessica joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in January 2015. Prior to coming to Lynchburg, Jessica served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Hopewell. Jessica is originally from Duluth, MN, and lives in Lynchburg, VA (or will very soon). In her free time, Jessica enjoys road trips, hiking, and baking.

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