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Virginia felon sentenced for having guns, witness tampering

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for possessing multiple firearms and trying to make arrangements to kill witnesses set to testify against him, a federal prosecutor said.

Adonis Marquis Perry, 32, a five-time convicted felon, was sentenced on Dec. 3 for illegally possessing firearms as a felon, witness tampering and obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to court documents took pictures of himself in October and November 2017 holding a variety of firearms. That December, he was arrested during a traffic stop after trying to elude police officers, and a search of the car turned up two of the weapons seen in the photos.

Prosecutors said Perry spent the next seven months making recorded calls from the jail in an effort to control a witness who was in the car at the time of the traffic stop. Since his arrest, Perry has threatened to hurt or kill at least five of his seven court-appointed attorneys and even lunged at one in the middle of a status hearing in federal court.

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