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Press Release

Felon Convicted of Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Richmond man last week on charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Rashon Torrence, 26, a convicted felon, threw a firearm during a foot pursuit with a Richmond Police Department officer. Around midnight on January 3, 2022, officers saw a truck speeding in a residential area. The driver, later identified as Torrence, was wearing a black ski mask. The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of Torrence, and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued. Torrence then stopped the truck and ran, with an officer in pursuit. When Torrence got to a patch of trees, he made a throwing motion, and the officer saw a black object leave Torrence’s hand. After detaining Torrence, the officer went back to the trees and found a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Officers also recovered from Torrence 10 pills of methamphetamine and 44 pills of Clonazolam, a Schedule I controlled substance in Virginia. Torrence also had $352 in his pocket. The officers also recovered an additional 122 Clonazolam pills from a bottle near to where Torrence was arrested.

Torrence has a prior conviction for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Torrence faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on June 27. 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; Michael Weddel, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Rick Edwards, Acting Chief of Richmond Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge David J. Novak accepted the verdict.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica Wright and Stephen Miller are 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. 3:22-cr-113.

Updated February 27, 2023

Firearms Offenses