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Press Release

Convicted Felon Who Led Officers on Foot Chase Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, on February 7, 2022, individuals called 911 to report a shooting by a male in a silver vehicle in Newport News. Approximately 15 minutes later, Iziaha Tisdale, 25, was observed in a silver vehicle at the scene of the shooting being investigated. Witnesses there identified Tisdale’s vehicle as the shooter’s, but when officers attempted to stop him, he fled on foot. During his flight, he threw a loaded firearm, which officers quickly recovered.

Tisdale was previously convicted in Newport News Circuit Court of attempted unlawful wounding and of maliciously shooting at a car in connection with the February shooting.

Tisdale pleaded guilty to prohibited possession of a firearm and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2024. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division; and Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Krask accepted the plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Podlesni is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:21-cr-85.

Updated October 4, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime