The man accused of abducting and raping area women last summer will serve two life prison terms for two of the offenses.
Charles Edward Bartlett, Jr. was sentenced Thursday by Williamsburg James City County Circuit Court Judge Samuel Powell. The 44-year-old Bartlett had entered guilty pleas on charges related to an Aug. 30 abduction and rape in Williamsburg, and malicious wounding and attempted abduction charges in a Sept. 11 daytime attack in Norge.
Powell stipulated Bartlett’s sentence offered no possiblity of release.
The Sept. 11 attack began just after 11 a.m. at the Richmond Road Shell Station in Norge. A man later identified as Bartlett approached a mother and her adult daughter as they sat in their van and told them they had a flat tire. They didn’t, but the man pressed them to look again. When they did, Bartlett produced a gun and tried to get the pair to get into the back of the van. The daughter resisted, and Bartlett beat her, then fled.
The day quickly turned more dangerous, when a James City County patrol officer spotted Bartlett at a Longhill Road convenience store. A running gun battle ensued, with shots fired between Bartlett and a slew of police officers from nearby jurisdictions. Bartlett was captured after police found him hiding under a porch in the Chisel Run neighborhood off Olde Towne Road.
Part of the plea agreement involved dropping attempted capital murder charges.
Bartlett will be back in court – this time in York County – Feb. 17 for a trial on abduction and rape charges stemming from a Sept. 5 incident.
Bartlett was a violent sex offender known to police and registered on the State Police website. His conviction that led to offender status was related to a crime when he was a 17-year-old student at Lafayette High School. Read the story here.