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Roanoke man to spend 30 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke man was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia for failing to register as a sex offender.

According to U.S. Attorney, John Fishwick Jr., Donato Richardson, 37, will spend 30 months in federal prison with five years of supervised release to follow.

Fishwick says Richardson pled guilty in December 215 to one count of failure to register as a convicted sex offender.

According to evidence presented at former hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorney, Charlene Day, on July 15, 2015, Richardson was released from custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He then began serving a term of supervised release.

Richardson did not report to his federal probation officer within 72 hours of his release or register with the District of Columbia Sex Offender Registry.

Richardson was arrested in Roanoke on August 27, 2015 after an investigation by the United States Marshals Service.

"The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is in place to keep our communities safe," said Fishwick. "When those required to submit to the rules of SORNA do not comply, they must be held accountable."