Convicted felon sentenced to 10 years for possession of a firearm

Frederick Forson-Peebles, Jr. (Photo: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

25-year-old Frederick Forson-Peebles, Jr. pleaded guilty on June 2.

Court records say on March 18, 2014, a Hampton police officer came across Forson-Peebles while responding to a call about a large group of people fighting at Liberty Estates apartment complex. When the officer tried to talk to Forson-Peebles, he ran.

According to prosecutors, Forson-Peebles then stopped, pulled a black semi-automatic handgun out from his waistband and fired at the officer, causing the officer to fall to the ground. Prosecutors say while the officer was on the ground, Forson-Peebles fired at him a second time. The officer then crawled to take cover at the corner of an apartment building and returned fire. Soon after, multiple officers responded to the apartment complex and arrested Forson-Peebles. A loaded Glock 22 was recovered on the scene.

Police later determined that Forson-Peebles tried getting into multiple apartments while running from police, banging on doors and trying door handles through at least two of the buildings.

Forson-Peebles was previously found not guilty of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer in Hampton Circuit Court in November 2015. The case was then adopted federally.