Former Fairfax deputy convicted of gun charge

Liz Mitchell
Staff writer
Friday, October 26, 2007

Culpeper County Circuit Court Judge John R. Cullen convicted a former Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday on a felony charge of possessing an unregistered firearm silencer.

Lawrence L. Huver III, 28, was arrested in February after the Culpeper Police Department responded to a domestic call at his residence on Riverdale Circle.
Huver, who also previously worked as a deputy in the Culpeper County Jail, was working for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

He was fired three days after his arrest, “due to the seriousness of the charges,” a FCSO spokesman said.

According to Huver’s wife, Ginger Huver, he threatened during a telephone conversation to shoot her in the head.

“I knew he didn’t mean it,” she told the Star-Exponent Thursday, “he would never shoot me.”

Ginger Huver said her 17-year-old daughter overheard the conversation. When she went to work at her cleaning business, her daughter went home and got into an argument with Lawrence Huver.

Lawrence Huver called the police and the 17-year-old called her mom. When Ginger Huver arrived, police were already there and she told officers she wanted her husband gone.

Officers seized two of Lawrence Huver’s guns: a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle with a homemade silencer attached to the end of the barrel, and a sawed-off Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun.

Ginger Huver agreed to file an emergency protective order but said she did not want him to be charged, which is required by law with an EPO.

Lawrence Huver was arrested on felony charges of possessing an unregistered firearm silencer, a sawed-off shotgun, and a misdemeanor charge of threatening his wife over the phone.

He was found guilty of the misdemeanor charge in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

In September, Ginger Huver got into an argument with her husband and called the police. The police issued another EPO, which Ginger Huver claims she never asked for. She says the charges were unwarranted and feels her husband is being targeted because “people don’t like him.”

“I know that sounds childish and superficial but it’s the truth,” she said.
In court proceedings on Wednesday, which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cullen found Lawrence Huver guilty of possessing the unregistered homemade firearm silencer, made out of PVC piping. All silencers, homemade or not, must be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Cullen found him not guilty of possessing the sawed-off shotgun.

According to a news release issued by Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Close, Cullen found Huver not guilty of the second charge “because the length of the barrel was approximately 1/16 of an inch less than 18 inches.”

“Huver presented testimony from witnesses who measured the barrel and asserted that it was approximately 18 inches long,” the news release states. “Virginia law prohibits sawed-off shotguns with a barrel length of less than 18 inches.”

After the court’s ruling, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dale Durrer requested Cullen revoke Lawrence Huver’s bond, pending sentencing. Cullen granted the request due to two EPOs being filed against Lawrence Huver.

“Domestic violence is emotionally charged - and ripe for serious injury,” Close said. “That is why we pursued the case the way we did.”

Huver is being held in Culpeper County Jail, pending sentencing Jan. 7. The felony charge he faces is punishable up to five years in prison.