A man once responsible for an armed standoff in Purcellville returned to Loudoun County Circuit Court last week where Judge Benjamin N.A. Kendrick imposed a previously suspended sentence.
In 2010, Steven D. Underwood, 54, his girlfriend and two others were holed up in Round Hill as the LCSO Swat Unit and Negotiations Team closed in. The Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Helicopter Unit assisted in that incident. As a result of that dustup, Underwood was found guilty of unlawful discharge of a firearm in an occupied dwelling, unlawful purchase or transportation of a firearm while subject to a protective order, assault and battery, reckless handling of a firearm, and brandishing a firearm. A judge sentenced Underwood to two years of active incarceration, with seven years of suspended time. He also had to forfeit his seventeen firearms.
About a year after he left prison, authorities in Pulaski County, VA, arrested Underwood and convicted him of felony possession of a firearm by a violent felon, felony possession of explosives by a felon, felony possession of explosives, and four misdemeanor charges related to unlawful hunting. In that incident, he was sentenced six years and six months in prison, plus a $700 fine.
However, the parole violation also landed him back in the Loudoun Circuit Court where Judge Kendrick imposed Underwood’s initial suspended sentence.
“This is the exact type of person that should be watched closely when it comes to the misuse of lawful firearms,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman in a press release. “Mr. Underwood’s volatile behavior and inability to adhere to Court Orders that are specifically in place for the safety of the community, present a dangerous and unpredictable situation for our citizens.”
Underwood faces an additional 8 years and six months of suspended time that could be imposed should he fail to comply with supervised probation upon his release, which is now expected no sooner than 2023.