The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office employs a staff of 8 assistant prosecuting attorneys, 6 professional staff members and 2 investigators working along side the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Jamey E. Cook - Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Jamey E. Cook is the Deputy Commonwealth Attorney with Fauquier County and is licensed in Virginia and the state of Texas. Her practice areas include the prosecution of major crimes and assisting with the investigation and prosecution of previously unsolved homicide cases. Prior to joining the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, Ms. Cook worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas one of the largest DA’s office in the nation. During her time there, she was assigned to the Trial Bureau and handled primarily murder, aggravated robbery and sexual assault cases. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Abigail Owens - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Abigail Owens is a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with Fauquier County. She prosecutes cases in all three courts, but primarily handles cases involving violent offenses and narcotics trafficking. She is trained to conduct forensic interviews of children and in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes and of narcotics activity. In 2013, she was recognized for her superior service to victims of crime.
Ms. Owens enjoys working with and training local law enforcement. Along with other members of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, she coordinates and conducts annual trainings for law enforcement. She also coordinates Fauquier County’s Sexual Assault Response Team as well as the local Multidisciplinary team. Prior to coming to Fauquier County, Ms. Owens worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the city of Danville, where she primarily handled cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.
Amy M. Cassandra - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Amy M. Cassandra is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Her practice areas include general traffic infractions, serious traffic offenses, such as driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs, misdemeanor and felony drug possession, larceny, and civil asset forfeiture. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from Northern Michigan University and Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Ms. Cassandra is the secretary of the Fauquier County Bar Association and treasurer of the Fauquier County Young Republicans. Prior to joining the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, she was in private practice, focusing primarily on criminal defense, domestic relations, and estate planning.
Roger D. Barton - Investigator
Roger D. Barton is an investigator for the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office. He serves as the Victim-Witness Case Manager for Major Crimes. He maintains early and consistent contact with witnesses and victims of motor vehicle accidents and repeat offenders of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. He served as a watch commander with the rank of lieutenant for Prince William County Police Department and in that capacity he responded to critical incidents and crime situations and developed plans of action to solve community problems for the Chief of Police. Mr. Barton served in the United States Security Agency as military policeman and volunteered to serve in South Vietnam (1969-1970). He was awarded the County Executive Award (Prince William County). He received A.A.S. in Criminal Justice and Security Administration from Northern Virginia Community College, Security Management, Virginia Commonwealth University. Attended University of Virginia School of Executive Leadership.
Lori Jones - Investigator & Victim-Witness Case Manager
Lori Jones is our Victim-Witness Case Manager for crimes against children and other vulnerable victims. Mrs. Jones received two Associates degrees from the Northern Virginia Community College in 1982 and 1984. One in merchandising and one in Security Administration. She Graduated from the Fairfax County Police Academy in November 1986. Lori Jones was a patrol Officer at the Reston district station for eight years. Lori began working at the Fauquier County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in December 2012. Lori is a Graduate of the 2013 Virginia Victim Assistance Academy. Lori Jones also is a member of the Crisis response team for the state of Virginia. Lori is the handler of the Court house Dog Lincoln. Lincoln was trained by Saint Francis Service Dogs who is accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Lincoln is used in interviews and trials with vulnerable victims of crime.
Charles 'Chuck' Peters - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Charles K. Peters is a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fauquier County. His responsibilities include prosecuting cases in all Fauquier Courts and include many of the most serious felonies. Mr. Peters has a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from George Mason University School of law, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Mason School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering from Tulane University. In addition, Mr. Peters has graduated from the FBI Academy, University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, DEA Drug Commander School, and the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.
Mr. Peters completed nearly 30 years with the Fairfax County Police Department rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Deputy Chief of an organization with 2,000 employees. During his career, Mr. Peters was the Chief Pilot and Commander of the Police Medevac Helicopter Division, Commander of the Mason District Police Station, and Gang Investigation Division as well as many other assignments. Following his retirement from FCPD in October 2010, Mr. Peters joined the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and began a new career prosecuting criminal cases. In January 2016, he joined the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office as the Senior Assistant. During his career, Mr. Peters has been directly involved in several of the biggest cases in this region including the CIA shootings and DC Sniper murders.
Mr. Peters has been involved in aviation most of his life. In addition to being Chief Pilot for Fairfax County, he holds Airline Transport Pilot and Instructor licenses for both airplanes and helicopters. He has also served as a Designated FAA Pilot Examiner. Mr. Peters grew up in Fairfax County and has lived in Fauquier County for over 25 years.
John 'Jay' Chichester - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
John “Jay” Chichester is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from George Mason University, and received a commission into the United States Army. He was then deployed and served in Iraq as an Infantry First Lieutenant, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Chichester received his Juris Doctorate from Liberty School of Law. During law school he continued to serve in the Army National Guard, where he was promoted to Captain. Mr. Chichester spent several summers as an intern in the Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. During this time he handled many dockets in General District Court and several misdemeanor appeals. He has also spent time as a volunteer for a legal aid non-profit in Fredericksburg. He now joins Fauquier County as a full time prosecuting attorney, handling primarily misdemeanors in General District Court.
Douglas Rogers - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Douglas Rogers began working for the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney office in January 2017. Since joining the office, Doug has worked mainly on misdemeanors in Fauquier County General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations courts. He also prosecutes bond motions, misdemeanor appeals, and felonies in the Fauquier County Circuit court. Doug graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2016. While in law school, he participated in the prosecution clinic and interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia.
Prior to attended law school, Doug served in the United States Army for over ten years as an Infantry Officer. His first assignment was to 1-506 Air Assault Battalion in South Korea as a rifle platoon leader and a recon platoon leader. His next operational assignment was to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In the 82nd, Doug served as an assistant Battalion Operations officer and an Airborne Infantry company commander while completing three tours in Iraq. Doug’s awards include two Bronze Stars and a Meritorious Service medal. Doug also graduated from numerous Army schools, including Ranger School, the Jumpmaster Course, and the Basic Mandarin Chinese course.
Doug and his wife, Ann, are thrilled to be members of the Fauquier County community and are happy to be raising their five-year old daughter, Judy, in the area. Doug Rogers is proud to work in the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney office and hopes to be a career prosecutor.
Antonio R. Benedi - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Antonio R. Benedi is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fauquier County. Currently, he prosecutes a vast array of felony and misdemeanor cases on the behalf of the Commonwealth in General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and also Circuit Court. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from James Madison University and his Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law. As a third year law student, Mr. Benedi interned in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County. During this time he prosecuted cases while holding his third year practice certificate. Mr. Benedi is a member of the Fauquier County Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association.
Tyler Bezilla - Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Tyler Bezilla graduated from George Mason School of Law. During his time at school he interned with the Loudoun County Public Defender and the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. While in school, he was one of the only students in the country to compete at the national finals of both a Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competition. Tyler now brings his wealth of experience in training to the Fauquier Commonwealth Attorney’s office as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.
Tyler has been responsible for prosecuting a range of cases from misdemeanors to felonies. In his two years here he has prosecuted over 15 jury trials, receiving jury verdicts as high as 98 years. He has handled crimes of violence, property crimes, drug crimes, and a host of other types of criminal activities. Additionally, Tyler handles a number of civil law cases for this office. While handling civil cases, Tyler has helped keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, kept habitual offenders off our roads, and seized money from drug dealers.
When not at work, Tyler volunteers at George Mason School of Law as a Trial Advocacy coach. The school has sent Tyler across the country, from California, to Puerto Rico, to Washington DC, as a coach for the students. He spends 4-8 hours per week during the school year teaching students the basics of trial advocacy and helping them prepare mock trials. Tyler has also dedicated his time to teaching youth about the law through his participation as a mentor in the Loudoun Law Camp.