Man gets 18 months for knife incident, making bomb threat

WINCHESTER — A city man who confronted police while holding a woman at knife point will serve 18 months in prison.

Derek Duane Stacy, 29, appeared Friday in city Circuit Court to be sentenced on charges of abduction and making a bomb threat.

He pleaded no contest to both charges on Aug. 24; a third charge of attempted malicious wounding was not prosecuted.

No contest means Stacy neither accepts nor disputes the charges, but will accept sentencing for them.

Judge N. Randolph Bryant sentenced him to four years on each of the two no contest pleas, with two years and six months suspended from each.

The sentences run concurrently, and Stacy gets credit for time served. He has been held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center since his arrest in December.

After his release, he will spend four years under supervised probation.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 29, Stacy called police to say he had a bomb in his residence, according to Virginia Vile, the city assistant commonwealth’s attorney, who handled the prosecution.

When police arrived at Stacy’s residence in the 500 block of Highland Avenue, they found him holding a knife to the throat of his girlfriend — a 30-year-old city woman.

No one was injured during the incident, and police subdued Stacy.

According to previous statements made by Lauren Cummings, spokeswoman for the Winchester Police Department, “the officer who arrived on the scene was able to speak with Stacy.

“A second officer was able to enter the apartment building as the threats escalated and used a stun gun to subdue Stacy, who was then taken into custody.”

The situation was resolved by the time the city police’s SWAT team arrived on the scene.

Vile said Friday that Stacy’s intention was to “commit suicide by cop,” by forcing police to shoot him after threatening to kill his girlfriend.

According to Vile, Stacy’s girlfriend — who sustained wounds to her hands during the incident — testified Friday that she never felt her life was in danger and asked Bryant to release Stacy that day.

Vile said that Stacy’s girlfriend had called and asked the city prosecutor’s office not to prosecute the case.

Testimony stated that Stacy suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. A mental examination found him competent to stand trial.

Vile said the plea agreement came about, in part, because the girlfriend was unwilling to cooperate with the prosecution.

— Contact Onofrio Castiglia at ocastiglia@winchesterstar.com

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