Staunton Man Sentenced for 24th Felony Conviction

Staunton Man Sentenced for 24th Felony Conviction

Loudoun Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. sentenced Christopher Simmons, 37,  to eight years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for one count of grand larceny.

In March 2015, Simmons and an unknown co-defendant asked to use the bathroom at the victim’s home in Purcellville. The elderly victim was acquainted with Simmons and allowed the two men to enter his home and use the bathroom. When the men exited the home, the victim noticed Simmons had a small safe in his arms. He realized that his safe and wallet were missing and contacted law enforcement, according to a Loudoun Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office officials said.

Investigators recovered DNA evidence and fingerprints from the closet where the safe was removed. Analysis by the Department of Forensic Science matched the samples from the victim’s closet with DNA data bank samples belonging to Simmons. The probability that the DNA belonged to someone other than Simmons was 1 in greater than 7.2 billion, OCA officials said.

Simmons entered a plea of guilty to one count of grand larceny on Aug. 19.

Fleming also imposed one year of post-release supervision and ordered Simmons to pay $2,200 in restitution to the victim.

Simmons has a criminal record dating back to 1994, consisting of over 20 felony convictions including: grand larceny, burglary, arson, receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additionally, Simmons has been convicted multiple times for violating the terms of his probation. While his prior convictions were from Augusta County, Spotsylvania County and Staunton, this was his first Loudoun County appearance. Simmons has an upcoming jury trial in October in Augusta County for first-degree murder.