Teen pleads guilty to four felonies

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By Tom Wilmoth

    A Bedford teen pleaded guilty to four felonies Friday in connection with an October 2016 incident in which he stole a gun from his parents’ home and fired at several occupied vehicles.
    Daniel Jared Flint, 18, entered guilty pleas in Bedford Circuit Court to two counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, one count of possessing a firearm after being involuntarily committed and one count of destruction of property.
    According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance attempts to find a suitable residential facility for Flint, who is autistic, have been unsuccessful.
    Flint, pending sentencing, was released on bond and will be staying with his sister in Norfolk until a facility for him is found. He has been held on the charges since his arrest almost a year ago.
    A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
    Earlier this year Judge Glennwood Lookabill found Flint competent to stand trial based on a report submitted from Western State Hospital.
    On Oct. 13 of last year, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the 4500 block of Dickerson Mill Road, Bedford. The caller said he heard gunshots come from a house on Wheatland Road and that the young man that lived there had a history of mental issues, according to report of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
    The caller also called the stepfather of the male subject and told him that he saw his stepson walking up the road with a rifle.

    The step father subsequently called 911 and advised that there were two rifles in the house and one of them was loaded. He also said both guns were supposed to be locked up.
    Dispatchers also received a call from another resident of Wheatland Road and the caller said a subject with blond hair was ringing his door bell and holding a rifle. He then said the subject had run down through the woods.
    Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with Bedford Town Police officers and Conservation Police responded to the area and attempted to locate the subject.
    After arriving at the subject’s house on Wheatland Road, deputies found a fire burning behind the house next to a large propane tank. Firewood had been stacked up where the fire was set.
    The Bedford Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. Deputies also found extensive damage to the inside of the residence, including broken doors and what appeared to be bullet holes, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. The damage included the door leading into the room where the guns had been locked up.
    No one else, but Flint, was in the house at the time when the incident took place.
    At 1:43 p.m. dispatchers received a call from WDBJ7, which advised that a subject had fired a shot at one of its vans near the intersection of Von Roy Road and Wheatland Road.
    At 1:51 p.m., dispatchers received a call from another vehicle advising a male with a camo jacket had shot a tire out on their vehicle on Wheatland Road.  
    At 2:03 p.m. deputies located the male subject on Von Roy Road and took him into custody without incident.
    Police stated that a .270 rifle, belonging to Flint’s stepfather, was recovered.