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Gun conviction sends Spotsy man to prison

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A Spotsylvania County man, convicted by a jury on a firearm charge, will serve a five-year mandatory jail sentence.

Maurice Clack, 42, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon last Wednesday. Charges against him stemmed from a shooting incident last year on Pecan Drive off Courthouse Road in the Breezewood area.

Evidence presented during trial showed that Clack had a dispute with Felix Walker on the night of Aug. 15, 2012. Witnesses testified that they saw Clack shoot at him with a rifle while chasing him down Pecan Drive. Walker was not injured.

At the time, Clack had a criminal record that included five felony convictions, which prevents him from having any guns.

Clack was arrested two days later. During an interrogation, he told Spotsylvania Detective J.D. Harris that Walker had chased him with the rifle. Clack later changed his story and said that he did have the gun and it accidently went off as he sat in a car.

A jury rejected Clack’s defense and recommended that he serve the mandatory five-year sentence. Circuit Judge David H. Beck imposed the recommended sentence.

A malicious discharge of a firearm charge against Clack was dropped.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Mehaffey. Jason Pelt, a Stafford attorney, represented Clack.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419