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Richmond felon pleads guilty to gun possession, faces 15 years in prison

Chris Graham
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A Richmond man on supervised release for gun possession who led police on a pursuit last fall pleaded guilty to a new gun charge on Tuesday.

Shalik Mitchell, 30, faces 15 years in prison on the new charge, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mitchell is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21.

According to court documents, Mitchell was pulled over by Richmond Police officers by officers after being observed speeding and swerving around other motorists while failing to use a turn signal.

Officers tried to catch up to the vehicle, which was still gaining separation at nearly 80 mph. The vehicle nearly veered off the roadway as it came to a stop, and officers noticed the front seat passenger making stuffing movements.

A loaded Stoeger STR-9, 9mm, semi-automatic pistol was stuffed in between the driver’s seat and center console, where Mitchell sat. At the time he possessed the pistol, Mitchell was a multiple-time convicted felon and was approximately seven months into a term of supervised release for a 2019 conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mitchell had also previously been convicted in 2015 for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].