Plea Agreement Indicated in Shirley Death

Officials today said that Amir Banks, the juvenile indicated in the death of Aaron Shirley, will agree to a plea deal in the case.

The announcement came after a hearing today in the case. Presiding Clarke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court ¬†Judge Ronald L. Napier closed the hearing to the public and media, however, both Banks and Aaron Shirley’s family are reported to have attended the hearing.

Previously released court documents indicate the 17-year-old Banks had been charged as a juvenile with both involuntary manslaughter and aggravated involuntary manslaughter.

Banks was identified as the driver of a pickup truck which crashed north of Berryville on the night of June 18. Aaron B. Shirley, a rising Clarke County High School senior was reported to have been riding in the back of the vehicle when Banks lost control on Summit Point Road (Virginia Route 611). The pickup left the road and overturned before  striking a tree and ejecting Shirley.

Shirley was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Alcohol was reported to have been a factor in the accident, however, no information has been released by officials as to how Banks and other minors riding in the cab of the vehicle obtained the alcohol.

Aaron Benjamin Shirley - Photo courtesy Enders Shirley Funeral Home

Details of the plea agreement have been restricted by Judge Napier for the time being, but are expected to be released in a conference scheduled for December 10th.