Travis L. Bailey, 31, today was sentenced to five years imprisonment on felony charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the offense. Bailey was convicted of the charges following a bench trial on January 30, 2013. Newport News Circuit Court Judge H. Vincent Conway, Jr. presided over the case.
The evidence presented at trial showed that on January 1, 2012, Newport News Police had responded to Bailey’s residence for a report of a domestic disturbance. Once inside officers saw an empty box of ammunition and detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the residence revealed over one pound of marijuana and a loaded firearm underneath Bailey’s bed pillow. Bailey admitted to the officers that the marijuana belonged to him and that he had recently handled the firearm. A drug distribution expert testified that the facts of the case were inconsistent with Bailey possessing the marijuana merely for his own consumption.
The firearm conviction carried with it a mandatory five-year prison term. Judge Conway ordered Bailey to serve another five years imprisonment on the marijuana charge but suspended that portion of the sentence. As a condition of his suspended sentence Baily will be on probation for ten years following his release, the first two years of which will be under the supervision of a probation officer.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.