williamsburg man convicted of firearm charge
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Mark Xavier Wallace, a/k/a Mark Xavier Grinage, II, 29, of Williamsburg, Va., was convicted today by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. Wallace faces a maximum prison term of 10 years when he is sentenced on March 22, 2011.
Wallace was indicted on Oct. 13, 2010 on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court records and evidence at trial, on June 5, 2010, law enforcement officers responded to the parking lot of the Blurr Bistro and Lounge in Newport News, Va., after hearing gunfire. As they entered the parking lot, they saw Wallace holding a firearm. Wallace raised his weapon toward the officers, leading one officer to fire at him. Wallace immediately dropped to the ground and threw his weapon toward the curb, where it was later recovered. Subsequent forensic analysis determined that the firearm, a 9mm Glock 19 handgun, had fired the rounds for which nine shell casings were found in another section of the parking lot. Following his flight from law enforcement and resisting arrest, Wallace was taken into custody.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Newport News Police Department and the Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick, and Trial Attorney, Albert B. Stieglitz, Jr.of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.