Poquoson Man to Serve Six Months for Shooting at Occupied Home

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Kenneth Abbott, 23, was arrested Sept. 29 and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. (Courtesy of YPSO)
Kenneth Abbott, 23, was arrested Sept. 29 and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. (Courtesy of YPSO)

A Poquoson man was found guilty Tuesday of shooting at an occupied dwelling.

Kenneth Abbott, 23, was arrested in connection with a shooting that took place on the 100 block of Ponsonby Drive – in the Yorkshire Downs area of Tabb – at around 11:45 p.m. Sept. 27.

There were three adults and two juveniles in the house at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured.

The York-Poquoson Sherriff’s Office determined the shooting was in retaliation for an earlier fight that took place in Poquoson, Lt. Dennis Ivey said.

Abbott and a 17-year-old also arrested in connection with the case drove to the home in question following the fight with plans to avenge an injury done to their mutual friend during the altercation.

Abbott fired two shots at the house, both of which struck vehicles parked outside and did not strike the structure itself.

When he appeared in court Tuesday, Abbott entered into a plea deal with the prosecution that had him plead guilty to the charge of maliciously shooting at or into an occupied dwelling.

In return for his guilty plea, the Commonwealth dropped the charge of felony destruction of property Abbott originally faced.

York-Poquoson Circuit Court Judge Richard Rizk sentenced Abbott to five years in prison with four years and six months suspended, leaving him to serve six months.

Abbott is also responsible for paying the victims $1,394.89 in restitution and is ordered to have no further contact with any of the victims.

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