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Press Release

Career Criminal Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Norman Baynard, Jr., 54, of Norfolk, was sentenced today to 235 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Baynard pleaded guilty on May 11.  According to court documents, Norfolk Police conducted a series of undercover purchases of heroin from Baynard. On the last scheduled controlled purchase, officers attempted to arrest Baynard and it resulted in a high speed chase. During the chase Baynard drove through a number of red-lights and almost hit a small child.  After throwing a loaded handgun and drugs out of the car window, Baynard eventually pulled over and was arrested. Baynard’s criminal record consists of 43 convictions for various crimes, including drug dealing, voluntary manslaughter, arson, assaults and various firearm convictions.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Muhr prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-136.

Updated November 21, 2016

Firearms Offenses