By Chase Purdy & Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
The Waynesboro man charged with attempted murder and arrested in Arizona this week repeatedly committed crimes, begged authorities for mercy and then landed behind bars again, according to court records.
A city prosecutor dropped probation violation charges against Arthur T. Allen last year that could have brought down more than a dozen years of previously suspended jail time. Instead, Allen, 28, walked free in February, took a bullet to the foot and now is accused of firing gunshots at a car with women and children inside at the 7-Eleven in Fishersville.
Court records show a pattern for Allen: arrest, conviction, plea for reduced jail time, brief freedom and more trouble.
Yet authorities investigating drug cases in 2008 turned to Allen as an informant, according to court records and letters he wrote to a judge.
Allen described himself in his hand-written letters as the informant who helped police during a yearlong investigation that led to 28 drug arrests in October 2008. He said he was promised reduced jail time and dropped probation violation charges in exchange for his help. Authorities refused to identify Allen as the informant in that case.
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