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.