Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys
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 assisting in 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.
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 coordinates the Danville Circuit Court docket for this office. Petra also participates in the coordination of the multidisciplinary team and in the Sexual Assault Response Team.
Paula A. Bowen
E. H. PALMORE
DAVID B. MCKAIG
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 assists with the multidisciplinary team.
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. Hanna also manages appellate briefs for the office and coordinates the docket for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.