Trial for Fields is set for Monday

Published 11:01 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

CUMBERLAND — A Monday trial is set in Cumberland Circuit Court for an 82-year-old man who police say manufactured alcohol illegally while possessing a gun.

The two felony charges stem from an August incident where Frank Silvester Fields, the suspect, was allegedly found operating an illegal still and manufacturing alcohol on Carriage Hill Road in Cumberland, according to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

According to ABC spokeswoman Kathleen Shaw and Cumberland Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia Scales, the two misdemeanors Fields originally faced — illegally selling alcohol and possessing distilling apparatus without a permit — were dropped.

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“Only the felony charges went to the grand jury,” Shaw said.

According to Jennifer Guild, a Virginia ABC spokeswoman, Fields was allegedly manufacturing untaxed distilled spirits at his house in Cumberland.

Twenty-six quarts of spirits were seized, said Guild, in addition to other items connected to manufacturing the spirits.

If convicted, Fields would be guilty of two class six felonies.