He’s a felon and had a gun, feds say

Earlon Mitchell Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriffs Office)
Earlon Mitchell Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriffs Office)

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday, charging a Norfolk man with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to allegations in the indictment, Earlon Mitchell, 29, is a convicted felon who illegally possessed a Kel-Tec 9mm Luger semiautomatic handgun.

On March 29, two Norfolk Police officers approached Mitchell to arrest him on outstanding warrants, but he tried to flee, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

After a struggle, officers detained him and found the loaded Kel-Tec handgun in his pant leg, according to the indictment.

If convicted, Mitchell faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.