New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 27, 2023

Quinton man receives three-year prison sentence for assault deputies, possessing gun illegally

By Andre Jones | December 13, 2022 1:23 am

A Quinton man who assaulted New Kent Sheriff’s Officers after an altercation will spend the next three years in prison.

Da’At Sagoyewatha Olam, aka David Wingfield Williams, 58, of the 5100 block of New Kent Highway, entered guilty pleas to two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon as part of a plea agreement reached during proceedings Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. Two additional counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm were dropped as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence by New Kent Commonwealth Attorney Scott Renick, on June 15, New Kent deputies responded to a call for service pertaining to a man walking down New Kent Highway with a long gun. Officers determined that Olam was a person of interest, who they went to speak with about the incident. When they arrived, they witnessed the defendant shouldering the gun, immediately calling for back-up. Eventually, the officers were able to approach Olam, but the defendant struck one officer with a walking stick while getting into a struggle with another, attempting to bite the officer and scratching at them. Eventually, Olam was taken into custody, with a subsequent background check revealing that he was a convicted felon and wasn’t allowed to own a gun.

Under the plea agreement, Olam received a five-year sentence with three years suspended (two years to serve) on the possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon conviction. On both of the assault on a law enforcement convictions, he received a five-year sentence with four years, six months suspended on each charge (a total of one year to serve). The two years on the aforementioned charge and the two, six-month terms on the latter charges are mandatory minimums under state law. He must also pay restitution in the amount of $130.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Michael Lee Cooke, 69, of the 100 block of Ashby Road, Mattaponi, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor petty larceny (originally credit card larceny) as part of a plea deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Sept. 7, a New Kent deputy responded to a call for service of a wallet stolen from Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. When the officer reviewed video surveillance, they noticed an individual take a wallet from a chair and place it inside his pocket. The deputy went to the gaming floor, and located the individual in question, now identified as Cooke. Cooke admitted that he took the wallet that had $200 in cash and took it to his car. Cooke returned the wallet to the officer.

Under the plea agreement, Cooke received a 12-month sentence with 11 months suspended (one month to serve).

–Kevyn Tyree Hurst, 28, of the 3900 block of Palomino Drive, Newport News, pled guilty to a solo count of felony eluding as part of a plea deal. One charge of misdemeanor reckless driving was dropped as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence, on Aug. 12, a Virginia State Police officer was monitoring traffic with a black Nissan Infiniti made a dangerous lane change, almost causing an accident. When the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the car accelerated, driving on the shoulder of the road and making numerous lane changes while weaving in and out of traffic at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Eventually, the driver of the Infiniti lost control and crashed the car. The operator, identified as Hurst, was arrested after being pulled from the wreck.

A presentence report is being prepared with sentencing guidelines recommending a range from one year to one year, two months to serve. The plea agreement calls for no more than one year of active time to be served on the conviction. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2022.

–Damian Austin Musante, 22, of West Point, had two charges of possession of a controlled substance dropped after successfully completing the First Offender Program.

–Heather Marie Payne, 38, of the 8600 block of Old Plank Road, Fredericksburg, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon, and misdemeanor falsely identifying herself to a law enforcement officer.

In a summary of evidence, a New Kent deputy on patrolling Kentland Trail noticed a four-door vehicle with no license plate. When the officer executed a traffic stop, the driver provided her name and social security number. When the deputy asked if the operator of the vehicle had a gun in the vehicle, they responded that they did, and it was under the front seat. During the search of the vehicle, Payne admitted her real name, saying that she used her daughter’s name to avoid being arrested. However, Payne is a convicted felon and was taken into custody for her crime as she is not allowed to possess a firearm by law.

Under the agreement, Payne received a five-year sentence with four years suspended on the possession of a firearm conviction. The one-year active sentence on that charge is required by state statute. On the misdemeanor conviction, she received a 12-month sentence with 11 months suspended (one month to serve).