Man guilty of making threat via Snapchat

Steven Coleman

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man charged with numerous counts of drug possession has pleaded guilty to sending a death threat in an electronic message.

Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Steven Wayne Coleman, 32, of 6053 Main St., Mount Jackson, in Shenandoah County General District Court earlier this month to 180 days in jail for committing the misdemeanor charge of phone harassment. Tisinger suspended the entire sentence.

Authorities had charged Coleman with felony communication of a threat and brandishing a firearm. A criminal complaint filed by Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputy Stephen A. Jarboe provides some details about the case.

“The suspect sent a Snapchat to the (complaining witness) in reference to her boyfriend, threatening to have his ‘Mexican boys’ ‘Blow his head off,'” the complaint states. “The suspect also sent a picture of a pistol to the (complaining witness) which is a realistic looking air pistol.

“The pistol was recovered from the suspect’s possession and the suspect admitted to sending those Snapchat messages,” the complaint adds.

An agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski and Coleman’s lawyer Peter McDermott called for the defendant to plead guilty to the amended charge of phone harassment. In exchange for the plea, Zalenski agreed to not pursue the brandishing charge. Tisinger dismissed the firearm charge at the commonwealth’s request. The judge ordered Coleman to complete 12 months of unsupervised probation and to not have any contact with the victim or her boyfriend.

Coleman remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where he stands charged with possession of numerous drugs. Coleman is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on July 18.

A grand jury indicted Coleman in Circuit Court on June 13, two days before his sentencing on the harassment case, on multiple charges of drug possession. Specifically, the grand jury indicted Coleman on one count each of possession of heroin, fentanyl, hydromorphone, oxycodone, methamphetamine, oxymorphone and alprazolam. The indictment charged Coleman with possessing the drugs on Dec. 12, 2017, approximately four months after a judge sentenced him in Circuit Court to six years in prison, all suspended, for one count each of possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone.

Authorities had charged him with numerous counts of possessing different drugs Jan. 15, 2017. The commonwealth agreed to drop all but the possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone charges in General District Court. Coleman pleaded guilty to the two charges in Circuit Court Feb. 7, 2018 and the judge sentenced him to three years with all time suspended and ordered the defendant to complete three years of supervised probation.