Moving incident brings firearm conviction

William David Martin 35, of Sperryville, was found guilty in Rappahannock General District Court Tuesday of two counts of brandishing a firearm. The charges stemmed from an Oct. 4 incident at 3710 Sperryville Pike, in which the court was told Martin threatened two people with a shotgun as they attempted to move in to the apartment he and his wife were moving out of.

Amy Alexander, who said she and Caleb Taylor were moving in to the apartment that day, testified that “he [Martin] placed the gun here [pointing to her forehead] and then moved it down my cheek and around to my back.”

“We were moving stuff from the apartment,” Taylor testified, “and I saw William with the gun. I saw him cock it, and [he] said, ‘You and Amy get the [expletive] out.’ ” Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Jenkins told District Court Judge Stephen Helvin that when he arrived at the apartment, Martin was coming down the steps. “I asked him and he showed me where the gun was. It was unloaded. No shells were found.”

Martin was found innocent of an assault and battery charge, and Helvin sentenced him to two 45-day jail terms for the brandishing convictions, one of the jail terms suspended. Probation violation charges against Martin will be heard Nov. 11. Martin’s attorney, Frank Reynolds, has filed an appeal to Circuit Court of the decision.

Also in General District Court Tuesday:

• Brett Walker Brannan, 23 of Manassas. was found guilty of driving 99 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Aug. 14. Judge Helvin imposed a $200 fine, a 90-day suspension of driving privileges and 30-day jail sentence, suspending 26 days.

• Timothy Paul McCourt, 47, of Summerduck, was found guilty of DWI on May 23. He was fined $500, and his driver’s license was suspended for 12 months. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended, as was $250 of the fine, on the condition of attending Virginia Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (VASAP) meetings.

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