The following case was decided May 9 in Appomattox County Circuit Court with Judge S. Anderson Nelson presiding:
Antonio Marquis Watts, Sr., 27, of Appomattox, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Court evidence stated that a search warrant turned up a Taurus 9mm handgun, magazine with 16 rounds, .22 revolver with seven rounds, and a box of .22 caliber ammunition in his bedroom.
Appomattox County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Les Fleet said Watts was prohibited from owing firearms for a 10-year period as the result of 2009 convictions in Appomattox J&D court for grand larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. Court records show the latest offense date as Jan. 12 and the arrest date as Feb. 26.
Watts was sentenced to serve a mandatory minimum two-year sentence as a previously-convicted felon, with three more years of suspended time.
Conditions of the suspended sentence include five years good behavior and two years supervised probation. The seized firearms will be destroyed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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