September 14, 2012
An Afton man was convicted in Nelson County of possessing a firearm after previously being convicted of a violent felony. The charges against Donovan Lacy Smith, 34, stem from a shooting earlier this year.
On April 15, Nelson County deputies responded to a call for shots fired near a home on Rockfish Valley Highway. When they arrived, deputies spotted a van sitting in the parking lot of the Rockfish Presbyterian Church. When deputies drove up to investigate, Smith got out of the van with blood on his hands. They also noticed an empty rifle magazine lying on the ground next to the van.
Deputies learned that Smith was involved in a shooting that evening. A search of the van turned up an AK-47 assault rifle in the van's floorboard. After learning Smith had previously been convicted of unlawful wounding in Waynesboro in 2002 he was charged with possessing a firearm after being a convicted felon.
Smith admitted to shooting the rifle earlier that morning following a dispute at the Thai-Mex restaurant in Nellysford. There were no injuries in that shooting.
Smith will be sentenced on November 15. He faces 5 years in prison.