Hooper’s Involuntary Manslaughter, Hit And Run Convictions To Stand

September 22, 2023 by News Staff

The conviction of a Richmond man on multiple felonies related to a boating accident on Carter Creek will stand. The Rappahannock Record reports Judge Randolph A. Beales released the Virginia Court of Appeals opinion September 19, affirming John Randolph “Rand” Hooper’s felony convictions of involuntary manslaughter and hit and run in the death of his friend, Graham McCormick, in August 2017. McCormick was found drowned as the result of blunt force trauma due to a boating accident at the entrance to Carter Creek off the Rappahannock River. The case, which drew state-wide media coverage, included three different judges, three different prosecutors, a plea agreement which was rejected by the court, multiple continuations— some related to COVID19—and a change in venue from Lancaster County to Norfolk.