Brian Coffey

A convicted sex-offender must return to prison for a gun charge.

Retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Bryan Dale Coffee on Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in a state penitentiary for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ritchie suspended three years of the term and ordered Coffey to complete two years of supervised probation upon his release from incarceration. Ritchie also found that Coffey violated the terms of his supervised probation from earlier convictions but did not order the defendant to serve any of the previously suspended time.

Coffey, 46, of 710 Cedar Creek Road, Star Tannery, pleaded guilty to the Class 6 felony on Wednesday. C. Todd Gilbert represented Coffey. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda D. Strecky prosecuted the case.

A grand jury indicted Coffey on the felony count Oct. 10. The indictment charged Coffey with committing the crime on July 23.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy S.A. Jarboe arrested Coffey on July 24 and charged him with maliciously shooting into an occupied building, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, killing an animal and leaving a dead animal in plain view. General District Court Judge Amy Tisinger dismissed Coffey’s charges, except possession of a firearm, which she certified to the grand jury. 

Coffey’s ex-wife and girlfriend told the arresting deputy that their pit bull, “Daisy,” bit the suspect when he accidentally bumped the dog into a wall, Jarboe’s criminal complaint states. The woman told Jarboe that Coffey retrieved a long gun and shot the dog just inside the door, the complaint states.

Coffey is registered as a sex offender with the Virginia State Police. Hupp sentenced Coffey on Jan. 15, 2014, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, to a total of 35 years with all but five years and six months suspended. Coffey pleaded guilty under Alford v. North Carolina to possession of child pornography, aggravated sexual battery against a child under 13 and carnal knowledge of a child under 13. A defendant who enters an Alford plea maintains his or her innocence but feels pleading guilty is in his or her best interest. The plea agreement reached between Coffey’s attorney at the time, Peter K. McDermott, and the commonwealth reduced the defendant’s original charge of rape to aggravated sexual battery.

Specifically, Hupp sentenced Coffey to 20 years with 14 years and six months suspended for aggravated sexual battery; 10 years, all suspended, for carnal knowledge of a child under 13; and five years, all suspended, for possession of child pornography.

Hupp ordered Coffey to register with the state police as a sex offender and complete eight years of supervised probation that required the defendant to undergo sex-offender treatment and to have no unsupervised contact with juveniles.

A magistrate held Coffey at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bail upon his arrest. The magistrate’s checklist used to determine bail notes that Coffey’s criminal record included convictions for brandishing a firearm, domestic assault and felony counts of possession of obscene material, carnal knowledge and aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13.

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