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Chief justice’s son pleads guilty in home invasion

Leroy R. Hassell Jr., son of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, pleaded guilty to robbery and two other charges Thursday, apparently with no deal on sentencing, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A life sentence is possible, according to the paper.

Hassell admitted taking part in a two-man robbery using an “airsoft” gun, a type of weapon that looks real but fires only plastic pellets. The prosecutor dropped a firearm charge. The Supreme Court of Virginia currently is considering a case involving whether use of a replica gun qualifies for the law mandating jail time for use of a firearm.

By Peter Vieth

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