Virginia Chief Justice's son charged with felony

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Chong Mounce never thought he'd be held at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon and never at his own house. But that's what happened this past Monday at his home on Libbie Avenue.

"As I was opening the door I get bum rushed through the door," said Mounce. "Leroy Hassell comes in first, guns drawn and then you know I kind of freak out."

Mounce was with a friend at the time of the robbery, who he believes the 2 armed men were looking for. He has cuts and bruises as reminders of the beating he suffered as the crooks demanded his belongings.

"They took me around my house," said Mounce."Started looking for some random stuff and asked me where I kept money and such like that."

Police arrested Leroy Hassell Junior in connection with the incident. Hassell's father is the first black and current Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice. Neighbors who know both father and son spoke with us about their thoughts on the arrest.

"I just feel sad for the mother and father because I'm sure they're embarrassed by this," said neighbor Margaret Bruce. When asked what she would you do in this situation she said "Turn him over my knee and spank him."

This isn't the first time Hassell Junior has been in trouble with the law. In December of 2007 he was sentenced to 16 months in jail for falsifying records for forgery and probation violation.

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