Group sentenced in brandishing incident
WOODSTOCK – Several men labeled by authorities as members of street gangs received jail time Monday for their roles in an incident in May.
Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Alton Fontay Jones, 41, of Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday to 90 days in jail with 30 days suspended for misdemeanor brandishing a firearm; 90 days in jail, all suspended, for misdemeanor brandishing a firearm; 30 days, all suspended, for trespassing; and 30 days, all suspended, for misdemeanor destruction of property. Tisinger granted a motion by the prosecutor to dismiss Jones’ charges of conspiracy to brandish a firearm and conspiracy to trespass. Authorities originally charged Jones with two counts of felony brandishing a firearm near a school but an agreement called for him to plead guilty to Class 1 misdemeanor brandishing.
Tisinger sentenced Justin Tion Brown, 29, of Eskimo Road, Stafford, to 90 days with 60 days suspended for brandishing a firearm, reduced from the original charge of conspiracy to brandish a firearm and 30 days, all suspended, for trespassing. Tisinger granted a commonwealth motion to dismiss Brown’s remaining charges of conspiracy to trespass and disorderly conduct. Tisinger also sentenced Brown to 90 days with 60 days suspended for making a false statement during a criminal investigation that occurred more than a month after the brandishing incident.
Tisinger sentenced Shyheim Leequan Lamb, 24, of Lora Drive, Woodstock, to 90 days with 30 days suspended for brandishing a firearm; 90 days, all suspended, for a second brandishing charge; 90 days, all suspended, for a third charge of the same offense; and 30 days, all suspended, for trespassing. Lamb originally had been charged with three felony counts of brandishing a firearm near a school. Tisinger granted a commonwealth motion to dismiss Lamb’s remaining charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy to trespass and conspiracy to brandish a firearm near a school.
A checklist used by a magistrate to determine bail for Lamb following his arrest shows he had felony convictions and was wanted by Newport News authorities for violating probation.
Woodstock police Officer D.R. Dunivan responded to a call for brandishing of a firearm at 233 Robins Way at approximately 3:05 p.m. May 7. Dunivan stated in a criminal complaint filed with arrest warrants that he arrived on the scene and spoke to Delmarco Brown whose vehicle had a smashed rear window. Dunivan stated he watched a video showing three men identified as Alton Fontay Jones, Shyheim Leequan Lamb and Justin Tion Brown who refused to leave the residence when asked. The officer says the video showed Jones smashing the window. Dunivan states that the victim said Jones showed a pistol to him and his two friends.
The incident occurred within 1,000 feet of a school zone, the complaint states.
“All three males acted together in an aggressive manor (sic) towards Delmarco Brown,” Dunivan states. “All three have been classified as gang members by Virginia.”
The complaint does not cite a source for the gang classifications. Authorities did not charge any of the defendants with crimes related to gang activity.