Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys

Responsibilities

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Danville prosecutes all felony cases in the Danville Circuit Court, the Danville General District Court, and the Danville Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Office also prosecutes misdemeanor offenses in all three courts.

In addition to these duties, the Office is responsible for responding to motions filed in any criminal case as well as submitting legal briefs to the higher courts on any cases appealed from the Danville courts. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice, when called upon, to local law enforcement in the investigation of criminal offenses. And, the office is responsible for processing forfeiture cases occurring in the City of Danville.

In addition to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Michael J. Newman, there are several Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys in the Danville Office.

M. Beau boyer

Beau Boyer has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since February,  2019.

Beau graduated from East Carolina University in 2013 with majors in Psychology and Philosophy. He received his juris doctorate from University of Richmond School of Law in 2015.

Beau prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts with an emphasis in cases involving white collar crime. 

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Nathan D. Freier

Nathan Freier has served as an assistant Commonwealth Attorney since December, 2018.

Nathan graduated from Liberty University in 2015 majoring in Government. He received his juris doctorate from Liberty School of Law in 2018.

Nathan prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.

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Petra B. Haskins

Petra Haskins joined the office as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in June, 2010. She is now the Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney.

Petra graduated from George Mason University in 1992 with a bachelor of science in Administration of Justice. She received her juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law in 1996.

Petra is a supervising attorney who is primarily assigned to prosecuting felony cases in the Circuit Court although she does handle dockets in the lower courts as well. Petra also handles all forfeiture cases.  Her main focus in the office is the coordination of the multidisciplinary team and sexual assault cases.  She also coordinates the multi-jurisdictional grand jury. 

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Mark A. Hicks

Mark Hicks initially served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in 2014. Mark returned to the Danville Office after a brief period in the Pittsylvania County Office and is now a Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.

Mark graduated from Liberty University in 2009. He majored in Government. He received his juris doctorate from the Liberty School of Law in 2012.

Mark is the supervising attorney over all prosecutions in the Circuit Court. Mark also prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts with an emphasis in drug distribution cases.

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kenneth s. kuper

Kenneth Kuper has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since December, 2019. Kenneth graduated from Regent University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Kenneth received his juris doctorate from the Antonin Scalia School of Law in 2019.

Kenneth prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.

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Hanna Lee

Hanna Lee has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since April, 2019.

Hanna graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a major in International Affairs and minor in Korean Language and Literature.  She received her juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 2015.

Hanna prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts with an emphasis in cases involving domestic violence.

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David B. McKaig

David McKaig has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since July, 2018.

David graduated from North Carolina State University in 2006 where he majored in history. He received his juris doctorate from North Carolina Central School of Law School in 2014.

David prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.  David also coordinates the General District Court docket.

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E. H. Palmore

Bo Palmore has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since September, 2018.

Bo graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 where he majored in History. He received his juris doctorate from Antonin Scalia George Mason School of Law in 2017.

Bo prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and is the supervising attorney for all appellate briefs.

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So Heon Park

So Heon Park has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since June, 2018.

So Heon graduated from Calvin College in 2011 where she majored in International Relations and French. She received her juris doctorate from Regent School of Law School in 2017.

So Heon prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. So Heon's primary focus is on domestic violence cases. 

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Benjamin S. White

Benjamin White has served as an assistant Commonwealth Attorney since May, 2016. Benjamin is now a Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.

Benjamin graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ in 2011. He majored in History/Psychology. He received his juris doctorate from the Liberty University School of Law in 2014.

Benjamin prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.  Ben is the supervising attorney in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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