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Stafford man, 75, faces more charges

BY KEITH EPPS

On Friday, convicted drug dealer Willie Claude Herring was ordered to serve two years in prison in connection with a September 2011 incident in which he shot two people who tried to rob him.

 On Monday, the 75-year-old Stafford man was indicted on 27 more drug-related charges that could land him in jail a lot longer than two years.

 A Stafford County grand jury indicted Herring on 27 counts of possessing illegal drugs with the intent to distribute.

 Sixteen of the indictments are felony charges. Each carries the possibility of life in prison with a five-year minimum sentence, court records show.

 At least one of Monday’s indictments stems from a July 9 incident in which Herring’s home at 1555 Brooke Road in Stafford was raided.

Narcotics detectives seized $25,000 worth of prescription pills and marijuana, along with $5,000 in cash.

Herring was free on bond at the time on the charges that resulted in his two-year sentence Friday.

Police at the time said they got a search warrant after receiving multiple reports that Herring was continuing to deal out of his home even after his 2011 arrest.

No details were immediately available on the direct indictments filed against Herring Monday.

 Herring’s criminal record includes a conviction in Spotsylvania County in 2005 for distributing marijuana and a conviction in Stafford in 2001 for malicious wounding, court records show.

He was arrested in September 2011 after two people showed up at Mary Washington Hospital with bullet wounds.

Evidence showed that three people hatched a plan to rob Herring of drugs and money. One was a young woman making arrangement to purchase 20 oxycodone.

After Herring opened his door for the woman, he saw one of the men running toward him with a crowbar. He fired a shot that struck the woman and the man.

The two shooting victims and a third accomplice were all convicted of felonies in connection with the botched robbery.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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