Warren Shelton, Jr. mugshot

Warren Ellwood Shelton, Jr.

A Leesburg man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on multiple drug-related convictions, according to the Loudoun County commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

Warren Ellwood Shelton, Jr., 43, was sentenced on one count of distribution of cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of misdemeanor obtaining money by false pretense.

Judge James P. Fisher sentenced Shelton in early July to 14 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. He also imposed an additional 12 years of suspended penitentiary time and five years of supervised probation followed by five years of unsupervised probation.

In early 2018, Virginia State Police had a confidential informant purchase 1.72 grams of cocaine from Shelton in Leesburg, according to authorities.

The following March, Shelton purchased a Bluetooth speaker at the Office Depot in Leesburg using a counterfeit $100 bill. He was arrested several weeks later, at which time a Leesburg police officer found 10 such counterfeit bills in Shelton’s pocket.

On April 10, 2018, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a bag of cocaine in Shelton’s pocket while he was being processed and taken into custody at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Shelton’s criminal history dates back to 1994 and includes prior convictions for distribution of imitation cocaine, DUI manslaughter, burglary, grand larceny, domestic violence, DWI, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, 12 probation violations and four contempt of court charges.


(8) comments


He deserves it he raised a violent criminal and he is a violent person who’s a career criminal sells women all that they couldn’t get him on everything else there’s a reason for all that time


What they don't tell you is that the counterfeit money was what was used to make the purchase of the illicit materials. They couldn't get him to make the larger sell they wanted for the conviction so the hope was to catch him spending the counterfeit money and then serve a search and seizure warrant at his home to find more. SOS


I'm not defending his prior run ins with the law. But 14 years for 1.7 grams of blow is ridiculous.


Virginia taxpayers are going to spent $280,000 to keep this guy in prison for selling 1.7 grams. That's a one night supply for someone.

Chris McHale

Your comment is ridiculous. You can't discount "his prior run ins with the law " So please just stop.


What a record of success he has compiled in his lifetime....at first I though the 14 years was way too stiff then I saw the rap sheet.....oh my.....


Yes, can you imagine if he put that much effort in to doing productive things what accomplishments he could have achieved? What a waste.


If the counterfeit evidence is turned over to the DOJ, he could get an additional 20 years.

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