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Guilty plea is set
In false report at U.Va.-Wise

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A former Martinsville resident pleaded guilty to filing a fictitious police report in January and later lying under oath in connection with an incident that prompted a lockdown at the University of Virginia’s College in Wise last January.

Bryant Alexander Hairston, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to both counts of a federal indictment, according to records filed in the Big Stone Gap Division the U.S. District Court.

Specifically, Hairston pleaded guilty to making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and representation, and knowingly making a false declaration while under oath, court records showed.

The charges are in connection with a Jan. 23 incident in which a 911 caller allegedly reported that a gunman had been seen on the U.Va.-Wise campus, court records showed.

The gunman reportedly was wearing a face mask, according to the release. The caller also allegedly described the outfit the gunman was wearing, his location on campus and that the gun was a pistol, reports stated.

The campus was locked down for about two hours as officers from various law enforcement agencies searched the buildings and grounds for a gunman. No gunman was found.

During the estimated 30-minute court hearing on Friday, Hairston gave the court a total of $4,120 to prepay special assessment fees, fines and/or restitution, court records showed.

In a separate order also filed Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James P. Jones directed the court clerk to hold the amount, and any future amounts, in the court registry’s deposit fund until final restitution is determined. That is expected when the case is finally decided, court records showed.

A presentencing report also was ordered.

Hairston, a graduate of Martinsville High School, will remain on bond until his next hearing on Sept. 9.


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