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Press Release

Northern Neck Convicted Felon Sentenced for Possession of an AR-Style Firearm After Police Chase

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A Lancaster County man was sentenced yesterday to 9 years in prison for possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of a felony.

According to court documents, on August 8, 2022, Kendrick Lamar Diggs, 32, was in possession of a high-capacity firearm and thirty rounds of ammunition. Law enforcement responded to a call for assistance after Diggs was reportedly brandishing a firearm. When Diggs was located, he was in a vehicle and initially pulled over. However, as law enforcement officers approached, Diggs put the car in drive and fled, driving at speeds in excess of 80 mph for approximately two miles on Beanes Road, a two-lane roadway in the Browns Store area. As Diggs rounded a bend in the road, he nearly collided with a law enforcement vehicle. His car then spun out of control, and he hit a culvert, flipping the car several times.

An Anderson Manufacturing high-capacity AR-style firearm, as well as 30 rounds of ammunition, were ejected from the car and scattered throughout the debris field. Diggs fled from the car, running on foot into a wooded area. He was apprehended by law enforcement shortly thereafter. Diggs had previously been convicted of attempted murder in the second degree and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jason Miyares, Virginia Attorney General; and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge David J. Novak.

Significant assistance was provided by the Chesapeake Bay Narcotics and Gang Task Force, the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller and Special Assistant United States Attorney Devon Schulz prosecuted 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-180.

Updated October 13, 2023

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