Release Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:45 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that William Edward Gibson, 49 years old, who previously resided in the 3700 block of South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Honorable A. Bonwill Shockley on one count of Possesion with intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I/II Drug, Eluding Police – Felony, Driving on a Suspended Operator’s License and Speeding. Judge Shockley ordered the defendant to serve eighteen (18) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. The Court suspended eight (8) years of that sentence, leaving the defendant a ten (10) year active sentence to serve.
The evidence established that on two separate occasions, Gibson had cocaine with him in the car. On April 29, 2008, State Police Trooper Walden saw the defendant speeding on I-264. When the trooper tried to stop him, Gibson drove over a curve, ran a red light, and threw a baggie of cocaine from the window. Gibson ran over a cable box, jumped from the car and ran. Troopers caught Gibson and recovered 4 additional baggies of cocaine. Gibson received a bond for those charges over the Commonwealth’s objection.
While on bond, Virginia Beach Police stopped Gibson for suspicion driving on a suspended license. During a search of the defendant’s car, police recovered 202 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine totaling 35.936 grams, $751.00, a box of sandwich baggies, a digital scale and a safe.
The defendant entered guilty pleas to all of the charges on December 3, 2008. He has previous convictions for Robbery, Drug Distribution and Possession, Firearms charges and Eluding Police.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini prosecuted the case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.