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Gun stockpile leads to another sentence for felon

By Joe Beck

A Front Royal man whose arrest on a firearms charge led police to call in the Army for help in searching his home was sentenced Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to a mandatory five years in prison.

David Anthony Boles, 47, of 271 Wooded Lane pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon before Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced him.

Front Royal police Sgt. Jason Ryman said the sentence marks the second time Boles will be serving a five-year prison term on a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

"I don't think he could get through his head that he's a convicted felon, and until his rights are restored, he cannot own a firearm," Ryman said.

Ryman and other law enforcement authorities say Boles actually owned 29 guns, plus a silencer, all of which they seized during the execution of a search warrant at his home on Thanksgiving.

The search also produced what authorities first believed could be live military explosives that led them to call in an explosives disposal unit from Fort Belvoir. The Army specialists later concluded that the suspicious devices were harmless mortar casings and mortar tips.

Boles's arrest came after he was involved in what police described as a hit and run road rage confrontation around Randolph Avenue and Happy Creek Road on Nov. 21. Boles and the driver of another vehicle pulled off to the side of the road and exchanged words, according to police accounts.

Boles tried to run into a male passenger from the other vehicle but missed him and hit the other driver's vehicle instead, authorities said.

Front Royal officers later pulled Boles over while he was still in his vehicle and found ammunition inside, a discovery that led to the search warrant being obtained.

Ryman said he was unsure about the nature of the underlying felony charge that has prevented Boles from obtaining firearms legally. Ryman said he believed it was also a firearms offense from the early 1990s. He said the initial offense did not involve a physical injury to anyone.

Ryman said police found Boles has tried unsuccessfully to get state officials to restore his right to own firearms.

Ryman said police also recovered a total of 50,000 rounds of ammunition from Boles's home. The list of guns included several assault rifles, handguns, revolvers, and semi-automatic firearms.

Boles must also serve three years probation under terms of the plea agreement entered in Circuit Court Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials will take possession of Boles's guns, but Ryman was unsure as of Tuesday morning what will be done with them.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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