Convicted Sterling felon sent back to prison on weapons charge
A Sterling man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on a weapons charge after he pulled a switch blade knife during an argument at a Sterling cafe.
Jonathan A. Laite-Pourtorab, 21, was sentenced by Judge Benjamin N. A. Kendrick on a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
In addition to the three years in prison, Kendrick handed down an additional two years of suspended time for Laite-Pourtorab which could be revoked if he violates the terms of his supervised probation upon his release.
Laite-Pourtorab was also found guilty of a probation violation related to his 2012 arson case, for which Kendrick imposed three years of previously suspended time to be served concurrently with the new sentence.
In that case, Laite-Pourtorab on Jan. 2, 2013, set fire to an $8,000 Saab on Ridge Top Circle.
His latest sentencing was related to a Jan. 15, 2014 incident when Loudoun County deputies were called to the First Break Café in Sterling for a dispute between patrons.
The argument quickly turned serious when Laite-Pourtorab pulled a switch blade out of his pocket and pushed a button releasing the blade.
A search of Laite-Pourtorab by deputies revealed the switch blade knife with a 4 ½ inch blade in his pocket, according to Heather Williamson, spokesperson for the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
In addition to arson, Laite-Pourtorab’s criminal history includes convictions for assault and battery and drunk in public. Additionally, Laite-Pourtorab had repeated criminal contact with the juvenile court system, Williamson said.
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