NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS WORKING AT BRISTOL COMPRESSORS
IN BRISTOL, VIRGINIA ON APRIL 23, 1994
REGARDING THE RELEASE OF RICKY LEE VANCE
On September 9, 1994, a jury, sitting in the United States District Court in Abingdon, Virginia, convicted Ricky Lee Vance, of Cleveland, Virginia, of attempting destruction by an explosive and three related charges. The jury found that Vance had planted an explosive device near the employees’ entrance of Bristol Compressors in Bristol, Virginia, on or about April 23, 1994. The device was made with dynamite he had stolen from the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Offices in Lebanon, Virginia on or about April 11, 1994. The device did not detonate and was dismantled by law enforcement without incident. On February 23, 1995, Vance was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment.
One of the charges for which Vance was convicted was using a destructive device during the commission of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). On June 24, 2019, in United States v. Davis, 139 S.Ct. 2319 (2019), the United States Supreme Court ruled that part of the definition of “crime of violence” in Section 924(c) is unconstitutionally vague. This decision affects Vance’s conviction under this statute, and, as a result, his conviction on this count has been vacated. His sentence will be reduced to thirty years, which is the maximum possible penalty on the remaining offenses, and the sentence already imposed upon him for those offenses. Vance has served over 25 years, and with the good time credit allowed to him by statute, he is expected to be released from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons in December 2019.
Questions may be directed to the Victim-Witness Coordinator of the United States Attorney’s Office at (540) 857-2250, or toll-free at 1-877-220-8014.
The United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia provides this notice in accordance with the Justice for All Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771, and by the Order of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.