Eric Sharrod Fling, 25, was sentenced today to four years imprisonment for escaping from the City Prison Farm and then attempting to carjack a woman as he was fleeing approaching police. Fling had been convicted at a trial held on December 20, 2012 at which he pled guilty to the crime of felony escape by a prisoner and was found guilty following a bench trial of attempted carjacking. Newport News Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy S. Fisher presided over the trial and handed down the sentence.
The charges stemmed from an incident on September 7, 2012, where Fling, who was serving an eight month sentence for having violated his probation on four prior convictions of burglary, escaped from the Newport News City Prison Farm.
Trial testimony revealed that after escaping, Fling went to the area of Meridian Parkside Townhomes, where he encountered a woman leaving the complex in her vehicle. Fling ordered the woman out of her car and motioned his hand towards his waistband as if to draw a gun. The victim fled by reversing her vehicle. Shortly thereafter Fling was apprehended by the Newport News Police Department. Fling was not found to have a firearm.
The escape charge carried a mandatory one-year prison term. The judge sentenced Fling to five years imprisonment on each charge, suspending three years of each sentence.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Following the convictions, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office filed a motion with the Court to revoke Fling’s probation on his prior charges. If found to have violated his probation, Fling could be ordered to serve over thirty-six year in prison. The hearing on that matter is scheduled for September 27, 2013.