Virginia man sentenced to 20 years for methamphetamine and firearms

ABINGDON, Va. (WRIC) — A Bristol man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of drug and firearm charges in federal court.

In June 2021, William Everett Himes, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to court documents, Himes was charged in an incident on January 5, 2020, when a Washington County, Virginia sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a gray 2006 Audi sedan with a faulty tail light.

However, after turning on the hazard lights on the patrol car, the Audi quickly pulled into the driveway to the neighboring house. The driver of the vehicle, now identified as Himes, exited the vehicle and fled by jumping a fence into a nearby property. The deputy was able to catch up to Himes and apprehend him nearby.

Before placing Himes in his patrol car, the deputy searched his person and found a small amount of methamphetamine—later analyzed and found to be less than one gram of 94%-100% pure crystal ice methamphetamine. The deputy later searched Hyams’ escape route and found two bags of crystal methamphetamine, more than 100 grams.

A search of Himes’ vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded Norinco Model 1911 A1 .45 ACP semi-automatic handgun lying on the passenger seat. A review of Hyams’ criminal history revealed that he had multiple felony convictions in 2012, including manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

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