A Shenandoah County man pleaded guilty this week to charges of having a gun while under a protective order.
Judge W. Dale Houff found Mark Alan Brown Jr. guilty in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday on one count each of buying a firearm while the subject of a protective order, carrying a concealed weapon and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Brown pleaded guilty to the three charges.
Houff sentenced Brown to 30 days in jail. Specifically, Houff sentenced Brown to 180 days in jail with 160 days suspended for having a firearm while the subject of a protective order; 180 days with 170 days suspended for carrying a concealed weapon; and 90 days with all time suspended for driving on a suspended or revoked license as a second offense.
Houff ordered Brown to complete one year of unsupervised probation upon his release.
Bradley Pollack represented Brown. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elena Ventura prosecuted the case.
Brown, 22, of 573 Branch St., Strasburg, also pleaded guilty to one count of illegally entering a motor vehicle and received a 180-day jail sentence with all time suspended. Houff dismissed at the prosecutor’s request Brown’s charge of attempting to enter a motor vehicle.
Strasburg police officer P.A. Bernd stopped Brown in the parking lot of 225 N. Massanutten St. on May 19 and detained Brown, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. Brown told the officer he had a firearm between the driver’s seat and the console, the complaint states. The officer confirmed Brown did not possess a concealed carry permit and, during a search of the vehicle, found a 9mm handgun covered by a sweatshirt between the seat and console, the complaint states.
Bernd also confirmed that Brown was a respondent in a protective order issued in Winchester and in effect through 2020, the complaint states.
Court documents for the charge of unlawfully entering a vehicle state that the offense occurred Jan. 3.
Brown also stands charged in General District Court with felony possession of a controlled substance on April 12. A preliminary hearing on the charge is scheduled for Dec. 9 in the district court.