The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, July 16, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Glade Hill man, who pleaded guilty in May to attempted robbery and prescription fraud, was sentenced Thursday in Franklin County Circuit to 12 years in prison.
However, the prison time will be suspended if Christopher Dale Gann, 18, is accepted into the Department of Corrections' Youthful Offender Program. The time served in the program is generally up to four years.
If Gann is not accepted into the program, Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II told Gann he will have to be brought back to court for a change in the sentence.
Alexander told Gann the Youthful Offender Program "will be good for you. But if you screw up, you will serve four years in prison. That's not where you want to be."
Gann attempted to rob the Redwood Minute Market on Jan. 20 by pointing a BB pellet gun a store clerk and demanding money.
The clerk refused and told Gann he needed to leave the store because she was going to call the police. The clerk said Gann then left the store immediately. He was arrested a short time later.
The drug charge against Gann resulted when Gann attempted to fraudulently obtain a prescription for Lortab on Jan. 19.
As part of his sentence, Gann was also ordered to be of good behavior for 15 years and placed on probation for three years. He was also ordered to never go to the Redwood Minute Market or near the store clerk.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Nix said Gann had a history of drug use and had convictions of assault and battery and destruction of property in addition to the attempted robbery of the convenience store.
"He (Gann) has had numerous services through the juvenile court to help him," Nix told the judge. "His behavior is inexcusable."