- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

POWHATAN, Va. (AP) - A Henrico County teenager who prosecutors say taunted police with tweets after skipping out on his sentencing hearing is headed to prison.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/29oJqsh) a judge Wednesday sentenced the 18-year-old Hassan C. Atkins to five years behind bars for breaking into three Powhatan businesses last summer and stealing cash, laptops and other items.

Atkins, who was convicted on seven charges, failed to attend the May 4 hearing after learning that he’d likely receive jail time.

Days later, the teenager sent out a tweet saying “You can keep on lookin for me Imma keep on running.”

Powhatan Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cerullo says Atkins also tweeted that he was in Atlanta and on the run.

Atkins was eventually apprehended in Highland Springs after eluding authorities for three weeks.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com


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