Front Royal man sentenced in gun larceny case

Michael Paul Addison

FRONT ROYAL — A local man was sentenced to over a decade of active prison time Tuesday after pleading guilty to obtaining money under false pretenses and larceny charges in late March.

Michael Paul Addison, 32, defrauded the Front Royal Federal Credit Union in August 2015. He also stole two guns from the B&G Goods store in Front Royal in the same month.

As a prior felon, Addison was also charged with being a violent felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment. He has a history of theft on his Warren County criminal record; he pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in 2004, and to grand larceny in 2009.

Tuesday’s sentencing hearing was primarily for the attorneys in this case to argue his sentence on his prior charges because he violated the terms of his probation because of the 2014 charges.

His attorney, Nancie Williams, argued that Addison has had a drug problem for a long time and needs treatment rather than more prison, which is where Addison testified his cocaine problem developed. Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden argued that Addison has had plenty of chances for treatment that he refused.

The defense suggested that Addison continue his rehabilitation in the Restoration & Wholeness House — a halfway house that collaborates with the local probation office — after he completes his five-year mandatory sentence, and if he violates any of the house’s rules or probation’s terms, he would serve 10 years in prison immediately and waive any rights to a hearing on the violation.

Addison contended that he is doing better with the treatment he received at Amherst County Adult Detention Center, rather than the outpatient treatment probation officers recommended for him while he was out of jail. Williams noted that he would need that type of treatment and rehabilitation for when he is released and becomes a member of the community.

“I want to be a productive member of society,” Addison told the court. “I don’t want to be this for the rest of my life.

“I’m 32 years old,” he continued. “I just can’t do it anymore.”

Madden argued that Addison continues to do drugs and commit crimes in spite of the treatment options he was offered as an adult, and that by being sent to prison he will get the supervision he needs.

Addison was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment with all but 15 years of that sentence suspended, which includes the five year mandatory minimum sentence. He must also complete five years of supervised probation upon his release, and pay over $2,400 in restitution to the Front Royal Federal Credit Union and $200 to the B&G Goods store.

Correction: In this story, it should have said that Addison was sentenced to a total of 40 years imprisonment.