A report of shots fired last year at a Williamson Road pool hall has led to a decade in prison for a suspect in the case — not for the shooting charge itself, but for guns found in the man’s home during the investigation.
Search warrants said that the incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. March 8, 2018, a Thursday, at Guys & Dolls Billiards in the 1500 block of Williamson Road Northeast.
A security video from Guys & Dolls showed a man twice trying to fire a pistol with an extended magazine at another patron, “however both attempts failed due to a malfunction,” a warrant said.
The video also captured the image of a red Ford SUV later used by the suspect, and exactly two weeks later Roanoke police located a matching vehicle and pulled it over.
Prosecutors this week said a search of the Ford turned up what was later proven to be methamphetamine.
The driver, Charles Jamar Manns, 36, was arrested, and a search of his Marr Street home turned up two 9mm Glock handguns, extended magazines, cash, scales and fentanyl, Roanoke assistant prosecutor Jack Patterson said in court.
On Wednesday, Manns pleaded no contest to possession of both fentanyl and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and to having a firearm as a violent felon and in conjunction with narcotics.
Manns received 10 years in suspended time on the drug charges plus 10 years in active mandatory minimum time for the two weapons convictions.
Two additional charges, attempted murder and use of a firearm in that offense, were dropped as a result of his plea agreement.
Patterson said the report of shots being fired came from an uninvolved bystander, and he added that the person Manns was accused of trying to shoot later denied the incident occurred.
Earlier in Manns’ case, one of his attorneys, Melissa Friedman, filed a motion to suppress all evidence seized after Manns’ traffic stop “pursuant to a search warrant obtained without probable cause or with unconstitutionally obtained probable cause.”
But in March, after a lengthy hearing on the matter, Judge William Broadhurst denied that motion, ruling that Manns’ arrest was lawful and that the subsequent search of both the house and vehicle were supported by probable cause.
Manns’ other attorney, Tony Anderson, said at Wednesday’s hearing that his client had forfeited the pistols seized from his home and the weapons are now due to be destroyed by police.
The initial felony that made it illegal for Manns to possess guns sprang from a robbery that occurred March 8, 2000 — 18 years to the day before the incident at Guys & Dolls. In September 2000, Manns, then still a teen, pleaded guilty to that charge and was placed into a youthful offender program.