Break-in ‘follower’ gets probation

Dennis Charles McGillivray, a 19-year-old Amissville resident, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation last Friday (Nov. 16) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court. McGillivray had previously pleaded guilty to the felony charge of entering a house with the intent to commit grand larceny.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, McGillivray conspired with two juvenile accomplices to enter the home of Joseph Decklessa and, finding its owner wasn’t there, stole a 9mm handgun and a PlayStation 3.

According to an incident report by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Capt. J.C. Welch, McGillivray wanted money for marijuana and gas. He was apprehended shortly after the break-in, immediately confessing to police and helping them locate the stolen property.

McGillivray described his accomplices as “former” friends, and stated his desire to move on from the incident.

“I would like to go to college,” said McGillivray. “And I definitely want to be a volunteer firefighter.”

McGillivray currently lives in Haymarket, where he has worked at a restaurant for at least the last six months. Due in part to his consistent employment, Goff recommended that Judge Jeffrey W. Parker be lenient.

“Mr. McGillivray . . . was very much with the wrong kind of people,” Goff said. “His accomplice had a horrible criminal record . . . he was very much a follower that night [rather than a leader]. I don’t believe you’ll see Mr. McGillivray again.”

McGillivray apologized for what he had done, saying that he “should have been a leader and done something different.”

Judge Parker warned McGillivray that breaking and entering is a serious charge and told him to stay out of trouble. “You don’t want to come back here again,” Parker warned. “But I wish you luck and I hope you find yourself and your purpose.”

Parker then sentenced McGillivray to five years in prison (all suspended), three years of supervised probation and 40 hours of community service.

The case of Jerry Russell Bragg, the Strasburg man charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery against a juvenile, was continued to Dec. 6 pending the completion of a mental competency exam. Dr. Amber Parker, who had previously been assigned to conduct Bragg’s psychological examination, requested a continuance from the court after new material was brought to her attention Nov. 6.

The circuit court reported that two of those indicted by a grand jury Nov. 14 have been located. Ashley Pompell, who is charged with distributing less than 10 ounces of marijuana to a minor, was picked up by police in Leesburg. Meanwhile, Miguel Zamudio, who was indicted on two counts of manufacturing marijuana for others, one count of possessing marijuana and one count of possessing synthetic marijuana, contacted authorities and turned himself in.