Judge Upholds Conviction in Parking Lot Confrontation

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The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)

A man involved in a parking lot confrontation in December 2014 appeared before the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on Friday to appeal a lower court’s finding of guilt against him on one count of brandishing a firearm.

Judge Michael McGinty upheld the guilty ruling against Walter Davis, 47, for pulling a gun on a woman during a parking lot confrontation.

On Dec. 30, Davis parked his vehicle next to Patricia Lane, 23, in the parking lot of the Monticello Shopping Center while on an errand to do his laundry at the Soaps N Suds Laundromat.

Lane, who was sitting in the front-passenger’s seat in her vehicle at the time of Davis’ arrival, testified that he tapped her passenger door multiple times with his driver’s side door while exiting his vehicle.

Davis and Lane got into a verbal altercation when she exited her vehicle and asked that he move his car. When Davis went into the Soaps N Suds to start his laundry, Lane began keying his car.

Upon his return to his vehicle, Lane claims Davis pulled out a handgun and threatened her.

Both parties appeared before WJCC District Court last May, where Davis was found guilty of brandishing a firearm and Lane was found guilty of destruction of property for keying Davis’ vehicle.

Davis appealed the decision to the Circuit Court, but McGinty upheld the lower court’s decision after additional testimony from Lane, Davis and an officer who arrived on the scene of the original confrontation.

Davis was sentenced to 60 days in jail with all 60 days suspended for a period of two years. He is ordered to have no further contact with Lane.

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