Bryan Silva appeared in Charlottesville Circuit Court August 17 for sentencing on charges related to a January 3 SWAT standoff, in which the 25-year-old Facebook celebrity barricaded himself inside his Jefferson Park Avenue home for several hours while posting videos of the incident on his social media pages for his thousands of fans to follow along.
He has been charged with a felony for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and three misdemeanors for brandishing a gun, contempt of court and a probation violation he made while out on bond.
Because of complications with paperwork, the sentencing was rescheduled for October 18.
Silva appeared in the courtroom—wearing sagging jeans, a gray polo shirt and gold chain—and sat in the front row with a girl he wrapped his arm around and later kissed. His brother joined him and their mother sat a few rows away.
The January standoff was initiated after Silva’s then 17-year-old girlfriend—whom he allegedly ordered not to leave his apartment after pointing the laser scope of a loaded 9mm at her—escaped and called police from a neighbor’s house earlier that morning. It is unclear if the girl in the courtroom was involved.
Judge Rick Moore has already agreed to drop an abduction charge in the case.
“He’s really a nice young man,” Silva’s attorney, Richmond-based John March, said outside of the courthouse. “I think what you see is a persona.”
He confirmed that his client is doing well, has passed all court-ordered drug tests and will remain free on bond until his sentencing.