FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:July 22, 2019
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO FOURTEEN YEARS IN PRISON
CRIMINAL HISTORY DATES BACK 25 YEARS
LEESBURG, Virginia – July 9, 2019. A forty-three year old Leesburg man appeared before the Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of distribution of cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine, and one count of misdemeanor obtaining money by false pretense. The Hon. Judge James P. Fisher sentenced Warren Ellwood Shelton, Jr. to fourteen years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
In early 2018, the Virginia State Police utilized a confidential informant to purchase 1.72 grams of cocaine from Shelton in Leesburg, Virginia.
On March 16, 2018, Shelton purchased a Bluetooth speaker at the Office Depot in Leesburg using a counterfeit $100 bill. The speaker cost $23.30 and Shelton accepted $76.70 as change from the cashier. Several weeks later Shelton was arrested on outstanding warrants and a Leesburg Police officer located ten counterfeit $100 bills in Shelton’s pocket.
On April 10, 2018, while Shelton was being processed and taken into custody at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, deputies located a bag of cocaine in Shelton’s pocket.
Shelton has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1994 and includes prior convictions for distribution of imitation cocaine, DUI manslaughter, burglary, grand larceny, domestic violence, DWI, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, twelve probation violations, and four contempt of court charges.
Judge Fisher also imposed an additional twelve years of suspended penitentiary time and five years of supervised probation followed by five years of unsupervised probation.