WOODSTOCK — A convicted felon received a suspended jail sentence for possessing firearm ammunition a year ago in Strasburg.
Randy Taylor Mohler, 60, of 223 Reliance Road, Middletown, pleaded no contest in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to one count of possession of ammunition, but not a firearm, by a convicted felon on April 25, 2018.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley and Mohler’s lawyer Charles Ramsey reached an agreement that called for the defendant to plead no contest to the charge and to receive a specific punishment.
Judge Kevin Black sentenced Mohler to two years in prison with all time suspended for the Class 6 felony. Black ordered Mohler to serve one year of supervised probation followed by one year of unsupervised probation.
The judge granted a motion by the prosecutor to dismiss Mohler’s charge of distribution of clonazepam, a schedule III controlled substance.
Strasburg police officer P.A. Bernd states in a criminal complaint filed in Mohler’s case that he saw the defendant and another man in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 225 N. Massanutten St. on April 25, 2018. Bernd states that he believed Mohler and the man later identified as co-defendant Devron Strother had just completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Bernd approached both men and began speaking with Mohler who pulled six doses of buprenorphine from his pants pocket but could not provide a valid prescription for the pills, the officer states. Mohler told Bernd that Strother left some drugs in his vehicle, the complaint states.
Bernd detained both men and gave the suspects their Miranda warning but Strother acknowledged he gave clonazepam to Mohler, according to the officer. Mohler admitted Strother had given him the drugs, the complaint states.
Authorities searched the vehicle and found two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, according to Bernd. Mohler is a two-time convicted felon, Bernd states in the complaint. The officer goes on to note that Mohler had approximately $423 in cash and told Bernd he received the money from his employer. Bernd states that the amounts of buprenorphine and clonazepam “was “not reflective” of personal use.
Bernd also charged Strother, 23, of Strasburg, with felony distribution of a controlled substance. Strother was found guilty in Shenandoah County General District Court on Jan. 28 of misdemeanor distribution of a controlled substance and sentenced to 180 days in jail with all time suspended and ordered to complete one year of unsupervised probation.