A 22-year-old Leesburg man will serve seven years and nine months behind bars for severely beating a man with a handgun following a botched drug deal.
Noah Lamont Wyatt appeard in Loudoun County Circuit Court before Judge Burke F. McCahill on Nov. 23 for sentencing of four charges: one count of malicious wounding, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of attempted robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm by felon, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Wyatt’s charges stem from an incident in January when he tried to buy marijuana and “molly.” He agreed to meet an acquaintance and another individual in a Sterling neighborhood to buy the drugs. Neither of the men brought illegal drugs or money with them to the meeting.
The three met and began walking down the street together, when Wyatt brandished a handgun and ordered the other men to get down and turn over anything they had with them.
When the two men refused, Wyatt struck one of them repeatedly in the head with the butt of the handgun. During the struggle, the gun discharged. The victim attempted to hit the gun out of Wyatt’s hand before running down the street. Wyatt caught up with him and continued to strike him with the gun. The victim fought back and was eventually able to flee the scene. The second victim was also able to flee.
The injured victim was treated at a local hospital for a head wound that required 22 staples to close. He experienced head pain and hearing difficulty for several weeks after the incident, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detectives spoke to additional witnesses who were able to direct detectives to the gun. It was later determined that the gun was previously reported stolen from Clarke County.
Wyatt’s adult criminal history is extensive, dating back to 2012, which includes prior felony convictions for grand larceny, shoplifting and a probation violation in addition to numerous misdemeanor offenses. Wyatt has also had multiple contacts with the juvenile court system.
In addition to the active prison sentence, Judge McCahill imposed an additional 15 years and nine months of suspended time and ordered Wyatt to be placed on seven years of supervised probation upon his release from prison.
Wyatt was on probation for grand larceny and shoplifting convictions at the time of the January offense and the court revoked an additional one year and six months that had been previously suspended on those charges.
He was also prosecuted in Clarke County for the theft of the firearm and received one year and three months to serve from the Clarke County Circuit Court. In all, he’ll serve nine years in prison.