Former Williamsburg officer sentenced on charges in barricade incident

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A former officer with the Williamsburg Police Department has been sentenced on charges stemming from an October 2018 barricade situation.

Richard Frederick Drab Jr. was found guilty of disorderly conduct and reckless handling of a firearm late last week in Williamsburg. The remaining charges against Drab were nolle prossed, or withdrawn.

Drab surrendered to authorities in late-October after James City County officers responded to a home Noland Boulevard.

A criminal complaint showed Drab’s wife told police her husband was intoxicated and carrying a firearm, alleging he asked her to call police. When she didn’t, Drab reportedly raised the rifle at her and said, “Are you going to call police now?”

Drab was with the Williamsburg Police Department for two decades, but retired on Jan. 31.

In court on March 29, Drab was sentenced to six months in prison, but that time was suspended. He also received three years of probation.

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