A Warren County man must serve time in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during a domestic incident in December.
Jimmie Wade Clatterbuck appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday where he stood charged with strangulation, domestic assault, destruction of property, reckless handling of a firearm, brandishing a gun and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Clatterbuck, 31, of Gafia Lodge Road, Middletown, pleaded guilty to some of his charges under terms of an agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Samantha Meadows and Assistant Public Defender Daniel F. O’Brien. The agreement called for Clatterbuck to plead guilty to the amended charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted non-violent felon within 10 years of the current offense. Clatterbuck also pleaded guilty to one count each of strangulation and destruction of property.
Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. accepted the plea agreement that included Clatterbuck’s punishment. Athey sentenced Clatterbuck to five years with three years suspended, leaving the mandatory sentence of two years to serve for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Athey ordered Clatterbuck to complete two years of supervised probation. The agreement calls for Clatterbuck to have no contact with the victim. The document does not state whether or not the prosecutor’s office consulted with the victim about the plea agreement.
The judge sentenced Clatterbuck to five years, all suspended, for discharging a firearm; five years, all suspended, for strangulation; and 12 months in jail, all suspended, for destruction of property. Clatterbuck also admitted he violated the terms of his probation related to previous felony convictions but Athey, under terms of the agreement, revoked, then re-suspended the remaining time for each of those counts.
Athey granted Meadows’ motion to dismiss Clatterbuck’s remaining charges under terms of the agreement.
Clatterbuck has remained held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail since his arrest shortly after the incident.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy B.M. Hager responded to Clatterbuck’s home on Dec. 23 for a report of an assault, a criminal complaint states. The deputy states in the complaint that a woman at the residence told him Clatterbuck assaulted her by shoving her against a tree. She and Clatterbuck went inside the house where the defendant strangled her, struck her in the back with a shotgun and began firing the weapon, the complaint states. Clatterbuck also smashed the victim’s cellphone, the complaint notes.