NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Pieter Reidy, the son of a well-known Virginia businessman, was sentenced to three years behind bars on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Virginia Beach native faced a judge at U.S. District Court in Norfolk after he was caught with guns five months ago.
Court documents reveal that Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, U.S. Representative Scott Rigell and former Virginia Governor George Allen, all wrote letters to the court.
According to those documents, Rep. Rigell wrote he has quote, “Great concern for our community.” Additionally, former Gov. Allen wrote quote, “An entrepreneur with a charitable heart.”
Reidy’s run-in with the law dates back to 2004. He was arrested for having 250 Percocet pills and 28 pounds of marijuana in his possession. He pleaded guilty to felony drug charges but never served a day behind bars. Instea, he received five years of probation.
Fast forward to May 2016, he was in a federal courtroom In Norfolk after police caught him with a handgun and several semi-automatic rifles in December 2015.
He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
Reidy is a trustee in the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation. His attorney notes his client works tirelessly to help others, citing his involvement with the “JT Walk to Defeat ALS”, “Operation Smile” and a handful of other charities.
His father, Frank Reidy is on the Old Dominion University Boards of Visitors.
Before Tuesday’s sentencing, his attorney, James Broccoletti, wrote he should not get any jail time but instead probation and community services hours.
10 On Your Side spoke with one of Reidy’s attorneys, Richard Doummar, who says, “This was a tough case and a sad case. They are a wonderful family and very influential. He is very remorseful. Extremely remorseful.”
According to Doummar, Reidy will self-report in 45 days to begin his prison time.