GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A New Zealand man who was shot in the neck in Goochland County after allegedly attempting to break into a home earlier this year is now facing federal charges.
Troy George Skinner appeared in Goochland County General District Court Monday morning where a state charge against him was dropped. The FBI has now charged Skinner with the production of child pornography, and coercion and enticement.
On June 22, a mother was at home with her two teenage daughters when Skinner attempted to break in. Skinner flew from New Zealand to Los Angeles, arriving June 20, before traveling to Goochland County.
He decided to make the journey after having online communication through Discord, an online app intended to connect people to discuss gaming, with a 14-year-old girl at the Goochland home.
Skinner was shot by the girl’s mother after being repeatedly told that she had a gun and to leave the property. He was shot in the neck after declining to leave and breaking a window with a landscape stone.
Skinner will be processed out of the Henrico County Jail on Monday and transferred to the FBI.
8News spoke with Miriam Airington-Fisher, a local legal analyst, about the charges against Skinner.
“If the federal authorities have an interest in prosecuting it, very often the state authorities will nolle prosse, dismiss the charges which then frees up the federal government to prosecute it,” Airington-Fisher said.
“Resources can be greater in the federal government and sometimes there’s harsher penalties or different sentences available to the court,” said Airington-Fisher. “It depends on what he’s ultimately convicted of. If anything but the penalties can be harsher in the federal courts.”