Father, son sentenced for gun thefts

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Lawsons plead guilty to stealing firearms from Fries home they were hired to renovate

By Shaina Stockton

INDEPENDENCE — A Fries father and son have been sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court, in a case related to stolen firearms from a Fries residence.

On Jan. 31, Eric Lawson appeared in circuit court and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny. He received a 12-month suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

Joshua Lawson appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 21. He waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to four years for the felony and 12 months on the misdemeanor.

As part of a plea agreement, Joshua Lawson will serve seven months in jail. He will also be on probation for five years and must submit to substance abuse treatment.

Investigator Doug Carner handled the investigation.

Members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case involving stolen firearms from a Fries residence. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Joshua Lawson and his father, Eric Lawson, had performed renovations on the victim’s home.

Investigators were able to link the Lawsons to the theft of the firearms, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Richard Vaughan reminded citizens to conduct research on anyone hired to perform home renovations.

“It would be good to know that a person is a licensed contractor before you hire them and invite them into your home,” Vaughan said. ”Please visit the following website for more information on this topic: dpor.virginia.gov.”