☷Felon Who Threatened Law Enforcement Sentenced for Illegal Firearm
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Felon Who Threatened Law Enforcement Sentenced for Illegal Firearm NORFOLK , Va . – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to 4 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon . According to court documents , in March 2021 , Thomas Liddle , 28 , and a co - conspirator made death threats to a Norfolk Police Detective/FBI Task Force Officer ( TFO ) and his family . Specifically , Liddle and his co - conspirator sent text messages to the TFO’s cell phone threatening to kill him , his wife , and his family . The messages indicated the conspirator......s knew where the TFO lived and worked . The TFO also received threatening calls . In December 2021 , there was an arrest warrant for Liddle for failing to appear in court . The Norfolk Police Department ( NPD ) received a tip concerning Liddle’s location . NPD observed Liddle in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle . When Liddle was being arrested , officers observed a firearm in the pocket of Liddle’s pants . Liddle had been previously convicted in 2014 in Norfolk of robbery , burglary , and use of a firearm , thereby making his possession of a firearm illegal . After the arrest , Liddle admitted he was present when the threatening calls were made to the TFO and admitted he identified the TFO for his conspirator to make the threats . Jessica D . Aber , U . S . Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ramin Fatehi , Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney; Brian Dugan , Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Michael Goldsmith , Interim Chief of Norfolk Police , made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U . S . District Judge Mark S . Davis . Special Assistant U . S . Attorney Graham M . Stolle and Assistant U . S . Attorney Joe DePadilla prosecuted the case . This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) , which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts . PSN is an evidence - based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime . Through PSN , a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them . As part of this strategy , PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime . A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U . S . Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia . Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No . 2:22 - cr - 11 .
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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