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York-Poquoson Courthouse
York-Poquoson Courthouse

A Toano man was sentenced to 12 months in jail for a 2014 assault charge in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court on Thursday.

Maurice Dominique Cutler was originally charged with one count of felony robbery, one count of malicious assault, one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with an incident in September of last year.

Cutler was accused of meeting a man on the 500 block of Harrop Lane in York County for a drug deal in which the man expected Cutler to sell him a pound of marijuana.

When it became apparent Cutler had only brought an ounce of marijuana with him, the two men started arguing, at which point Cutler pulled out a gun and began hitting the victim in the head with it, according to the initial report from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Benjamin Hahn indicated at Thursday’s hearing that due to a lack of cooperation from the victim, the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to bring the robbery and use of a firearm charges, all three of which were dropped.

The prosecution and defense entered into a plea deal for the remaining felony assault charge, which was downgraded to a misdemeanor in exchange for Cutler entering a guilty plea.

Judge Richard Rizk accepted the plea and sentenced Cutler to 12 months in jail. Cutler has already served more than 11 months as he has awaited trial.

Upon his release Cutler will have to pay $100 a month toward unspecified court costs.