On March 22, it was reported that a Virginia man was sentenced to prison on charges that included possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana. He had pleaded guilty to the charges on March 14 though he was actually taken into custody in 2014.
Entertainment news sources report that well-known actor and comedian Artie Lange was taken into police custody on March 12, and fans in Virginia may want to know more about the events of that day. According to a spokesperson for the Hoboken Police Department, the incident occurred when officers responded to a call that someone was trying to break enter a vehicle parked in a garage.
On March 1, 2017, the ex-mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, entered a guilty plea in response to a felony drug distribution charge of distributing crystal meth. The 51-year-old man was arrested in August 2016 after he sold methamphetamine to undercover police officers in return for group sex.
Virginians should be especially careful over St. Patrick's Day weekend this year. Since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, experts expect there to be a surge in drunk driving cases as people head out to celebrate the holiday after work.
African-American criminal defendants in Virginia and around the country are more likely to be wrongfully convicted according to a study released by the National Registry of Exonerations on March 7. The group, which works out of the University of Michigan Law School, came to this conclusion after studying the cases of 1,900 exonerated inmates who were wrongfully convicted between 1989 and 2016. While African-Americans make up only about 13 percent of the adult population of the United States, they accounted for 47 percent of the exonerations studied by the NRE.
Football fans in Virginia and around the country might be familiar with Indianapolis Colts player David Parry. The nose tackle has become a consistent starter for the Colts after being selected by the team in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. However, the 24-year-old athlete is now facing charges of assault and driving under the influence in Arizona after a night out with friends allegedly ended on a violent note.
Football fans in Virginia and around the country may be familiar with the former Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Michael Floyd. The 27-year-old first-round draft pick caught only 37 passes during a disappointing 2016 campaign, and he faces an uncertain future after pleading guilty to a charge of extreme DUI on Feb. 16. Floyd will spend 96 days confined to his home after completing a 24 day jail sentence, and he also faces a league suspension that could dash his hopes of playing in 2017.