A judge on Monday sentenced a Front Royal man to serve jail time for distributing marijuana.
Tyrone Divaughn Thomas Holloman, 24, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to one count of possession of more than 1/2 ounce, but less than five pounds of marijuana, with the intent to distribute. Judge William W. Sharp sentenced Holloman to two years in a state penitentiary with one year and 7 1/2 months suspended, leaving the defendant 4 1/2 months to serve. Sharp ordered Holloman to complete two years of supervised probation upon release.
Holloman pleaded no contest to one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Sharp sentenced Holloman to two years with all time suspended. Holloman pleaded guilty to one count of driving on a suspended license and received a 12-month sentence with all time suspended. Holloman entered the pleas under an agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming and defense counsel William C. Olien and Jillian Curfman. The agreement also called for the specific punishment.
Holloman entered his pleas on the same day the grand jury handed up an indictment accusing him of committing the offenses. The indictment originally charges Holloman with the distribution of marijuana. The court amended the indictment to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Front Royal police officer Eric Suess stopped a vehicle in town Jan. 15 for not having its lights on, according to a criminal complaint filed in Holloman’s case. Suess stopped the vehicle at the 7-Eleven on John Marshall Highway. He states he recognized the driver as Holloman, who had a suspended operator’s license. The officer notes that he arranged for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a “free air sniff” of the vehicle.
Holloman spoke to a Sheriff’s Office deputy and told the officer he had 28 grams of marijuana in a jacket in the back seat of the vehicle, the complaint states. Officers found a jar in the jacket containing marijuana, according to Suess.
Officers arrested Holloman and held him in the rear of Suess’ police vehicle. Officers conducted an inventory of Holloman’s vehicle and found a small fanny pack behind the passenger seat, the complaint states. The fanny pack contained three individually wrapped packages of marijuana and a pistol magazine loaded with nine .45-caliber bullets, the complaint states. Holloman is a convicted felon, according to Suess.