Anthony Scott Caldwell, 31, of Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced under a plea agreement with the Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to serve concurrent 20-year prison terms for conviction on carjacking and grand larceny charges. Eight years of those concurrent sentences were suspended.
Caldwell was also given a 12-month concurrent sentence for his assault and battery conviction and a consecutive three-year sentence for using a firearm in commission of a carjacking.
Those charges stemmed from the Feb. 17 armed carjacking of Troy and Donna Marcum at the Black Diamond Market in Ewing.
According to police reports, Troy Marcum had just entered the market to pay for his gas when Caldwell approached the couple’s 1994 Ford pickup truck and jumped in.
Caldwell flashed what appeared to be a firearm at Donna Marcum, who was still in the truck, before threatening to “blow her brains out” and ordering her out of the vehicle.
The truck was found 20 minutes later by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at a trailer park roughly a mile from where the incident took place. Caldwell was arrested near the vehicle following a short foot chase.
While searching the truck, Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shawn Hines said authorities learned that Caldwell had used a BB gun to carry out the carjacking.
Hines said Donna Marcum testified during a preliminary hearing in March that she believed Caldwell used a real firearm during the incident. Hines said she also told the court she feared for her life when Caldwell threatened to shoot her.
Hines said an object may be legally considered a firearm in Virginia if it reasonably appears to be one from the victim’s point of view.
Hines said the plea agreement under which Caldwell was sentenced was made with the approval of the victims in the case.