FRONT ROYAL – A Winchester man must serve prison time for his role in a home invasion in Warren County last year.
Judge Lon Farris sentenced Hugh Allen Vannatter in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to 10 years in a state penitentiary for one count of robbery. The judge suspended seven years of the sentence under a plea agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan C. Layton and Vannatter’s lawyer William A. “Beau” Bassler.
Authorities accused Vannatter, 32, of playing a role in July 18 home invasion of Warren County residence. A criminal complaint states that the victim, Robert Smith, reported to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office that a white male and a black male came into his residence. The white male held a black pistol to the victim’s head while the black male wielded a bat, the complaint states. The white male took money from the home, the victim told authorities.
The complaint goes on to state that a “concerned citizen” provided Sheriff’s Office investigator B.W. Pugh with details of the crime not released to the public that only investigators and the suspects could have known. Video surveillance footage confirmed the details, the complaint states. The “concerned citizen” advised the investigator that Vannatter said he committed the crime with two unidentified black males, according to the complaint.
Farris sentenced Vannatter to the mandatory punishment of three years in prison for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The judge also sentenced Vannatter to five years in prison for possession of a firearm by person convicted of a non-violent felony and three years for statutory burglary and suspended all of the time imposed for the two charges.
The agreement called for Vannatter to plead no contest to the four felonies and to receive the specific punishment as outlined in the document. Farris accepted the agreement and Vannatter’s pleas of no contest. Farris found Vannatter guilty of each felony charge.
Farris ordered Vannatter to complete three years of supervised probation upon his release from incarceration. Vannatter must pay $4,926 in restitution to the victim, according to the plea agreement.