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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00012-JPJ-PMS
Judge: James P. Jones
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (Washington County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Abingdon, VA: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Terry Mitchell, 42, and two women were pulled over in Bluefield, Virginia on July 23, 2020 at 3:30 a.m. The vehicle had several lights out. Mitchell was in the rear passenger seat. It was determined the driver had a suspended driver’s license and officers observed a controlled substance in the car.
All three occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle to be impounded. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed, officers discovered a sawed-off, short barrel shotgun with a 12-gauge shotgun shell loaded in the chamber. The shotgun was hidden under a blanket on the floorboard of the vehicle. Officers also discovered a bag filled with numerous syringes, smoking devices, scales, empty baggies, and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Mitchell pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar of the Western District of Virginia made the announcement.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bluefield Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Murphy is prosecuted the case.
18:922G.F - UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC. - 18:922(g)(1), 922(g)(3), and 924(a)(2) - Prohibited person in possession of firearm (7/23/20)
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to Fifty-seven (57) months; Supervised Release: Three (3) years; Special Assessment: $100.00.