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Robert Kelly Stoots was ordered to serve three years probation and pay a $420 fine.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A Roanoke County firefighter who pleaded guilty in April to firearms charges has resigned from his job, officials said.
Robert Kelly Stoots, 28, was charged in early February with abduction, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, brandishing a firearm, preventing someone from making a 911 call, assault and battery, and driving under the influence, court records show.
Salem police said at the time that Stoots kept his girlfriend as a passenger in his truck against her will on Feb. 10 and pointed a gun at her. At one point, he drove to the Masons Cove Volunteer Fire Department and fired a shot, which did not hit anyone.
He was off duty and in his private truck during the incident, officials said at the time.
He resigned from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue shortly after he was charged, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton. He had served most recently at the Fort Lewis station.
At an April 26 hearing, prosecutors agreed not to prosecute Stoots for abduction and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in exchange for his guilty pleas in the other charges, according to Roanoke County Circuit Court records.
Stoots was sentenced to five days in jail for preventing his girlfriend from dialing 911 and received one-year suspended sentences on each of the remaining charges. He was ordered to serve three years probation and pay a $420 fine.
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