Career Criminal Gets 8 Years for Purcellville Robbery

Loudoun Circuit Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. on Monday sent a Staunton man to prison for 8 years for the theft of a safe and wallet from a Purcellville home.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, in March 2015, Christopher Simmons, 37, and another man went to the home of the elderly victim and asked to use the bathroom. The victim was acquainted with Simmons and let them in. When they left, the victim noticed Simmons was carrying a small safe and later found his wallet was missing as well.

Investigators were able to implicate Simmons in the theft after the Department of Forensic Science linked DNA evidence and fingerprints found on the scene matched his records.

Simmons pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny on August 19, 2016.

In addition to the prison sentence, Fleming imposed one year of post-release supervision and ordered Simmons to pay $2,200 in restitution to the victim.

It was Simmons’ first conviction in Loudoun County, but he has been convicted of 24 felonies since 1994, including many thefts, arson, and impersonating a police officer. Next, he faces a first-degree murder trial in Augusta County for the December 2016 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s fiancé. Simmons pleaded not guilty in that case, with a trial scheduled in October.

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