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Doobie claims fall on deaf ears during drug sentence

A Louisa County man’s claim to be a former member of the rock band The Doobie Brothers didn’t keep him from getting a five-year prison sentence for drug distribution.

Millard Kinard Chisholm, 66, of Bumpass was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison with all but five years suspended in Louisa Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in May to two counts of cocaine distribution, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while in possession of cocaine.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, which involved undercover purchases of cocaine from Chisholm, according to Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire.

A subsequent search of Chisholm’s home led police to find large quantities of marijuana and cocaine as well as a a .22-caliber revolver, McGuire said.

During his sentencing, Chisholm made a statement that he had been a guitarist for The Doobie Brothers.

He assured the judge that he had been a member of the popular band from 1971 to 1977 before vocalist Michael McDonald joined the group.

McGuire, who said it could not be confirmed in court if he had been a member, argued that it didn’t matter what band he was or was not in.

“The weight of drugs the defendant possessed, the amount of money he had in his house and the presence of a gun justified prison time,” McGuire said.

The court agreed.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419