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Scottsburg Man Guilty Of Attempted Malicious Wounding

A 21-year-old Scottsburg man pleaded guilty last week in Halifax County Circuit Court to three related felonies, including conspiracy to maliciously wound, attempted malicious wounding, and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Daries Lamont Coles pleaded guilty to conspiring to maliciously wound Donald Darnell Canada Jr. and conspiring to maliciously wound Canada, in addition to the firearms charge.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, a firearms conspiracy charge against Coles was nol prossed.

The court sentenced Coles to a pair of 10-year suspended prison terms for the wounding charges, in addition to a three-year term for use of a firearm to commit a felony, with no time suspended for that charge.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Coles’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years upon his release.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to submit to random drug tests and have no contact with his victim.
Other Court Cases

• Johnny Owen Clay, 18, of South Boston, was sentenced last week to a total of 30 years, 12 months and 30 days in prison for five separate offenses.

The court sentenced Clay to a 20-year suspended prison term for grand larceny from Carlisle Wisecarver III, a five-year suspended term for using a forged registration card, a 12-month suspended term for misdemeanor DUI and a 30-day suspended term for possessing alcohol under the age of 21.

The court sentenced Clay to five years in prison, with all but 10 months suspended, for felony eluding police, for an effective 10-month jail term.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Clay’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

In addition, the court suspended Clay’s operator’s license for one year, ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service, pay a total of $350 in fines, and pay $1,318.51 restitution to Wisecarver within 30 days of his release.

• Laura Leigh Moody, 20, of Alton, had three charges against her nol prossed upon a motion by the Commonwealth last week.

Charges nol prossed included two separate charges for possessing a DMV document violation, and one for altering/forging a DMV registration.

• Michelle Newman, 37, of South Boston, pleaded guilty last week to four felony and three misdemeanor charges.

Felony charges included two for forgery to the prejudice of Marvin Bowman, and two for passing a forged check, and misdemeanor charges included two for obtaining money under false pretenses and one for petty larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the court sentenced the defendant to five years in prison for each felony and 12 months for each misdemeanor, with all but two years, four months suspended on the first forgery conviction, with credit for time served.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Newman’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 20 years and ordered her placed on probation for one year following her release.

The court additionally ordered Newman to have no contact with Bowman and not to go on the property of either Apple Mart or Carter Bank & Trust.

In another matter, the court convicted Newman of a probation violation, while the Commonwealth moved to nol pros a show cause charge against the defendant for failing to appear in court.

• The court found sufficient evidence last week to find Kevin Scott Parrish, 20, of Long Island, guilty of a probation violation.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case for six months to allow the defendant to complete anger management and parenting classes and pay court costs.

• Richard Anthony Snead, 22, of Charlotte Court House, was sentenced last week to five years in prison each for conspiring to commit the robbery of Max’s Grocery and the attempted robbery of Max’s Grocery.

The court ordered the five-year terms to be served concurrently, with all time suspended except seven months conditioned on Snead’s good behavior for five years.

The court additionally ordered Snead to stay away from Max’s Grocery and his victim.

In a related disposition hearing, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Snead for use of a firearm to attempt a robbery.

• Kenneth Dale Wilborne Jr., 31, of South Boston, was sentenced last week to five years in prison for a third or subsequent offense of DUI within 10 years (felony) and 12 months in jail for a second or subsequent offense of driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license (misdemeanor).

The court suspended all but 180 days for the felony and 90 days for the misdemeanor, with the two sentences running concurrently for an effective jail term of 180 days.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Wilborne’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court additionally suspended Wilborne’s operator’s license for 90 days for the misdemeanor and indefinitely for the felony, ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine for the felony DUI offense, ordered him to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, and ordered him to complete VASAP and a substance abuse program.

Work release was authorized for the defendant.

• Gabriel Antonio Williams, 35, of Virgilina, pleaded guilty last week to possession of cocaine.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Williams of the drug charge but withheld its finding of guilt, granting Williams first offender status and continuing the case for one year.

The court ordered Williams to abstain from illegal drugs, submit to random drug tests, and perform 100 hours of community service in addition to suspending his operator’s license for six months.

•  Kelvin Wise Stovall Jr., 20, of South Boston, pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the court sentenced Stovall to a pair of 10-year sentences, with all but 12 months suspended, conditioned on Stovall’s good behavior for 20 years, with work release authorized.

The court ordered Stovall placed on probation for two years following his release, ordered him to pay $20 restitution to the Virginia State Police and $6.07 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, and suspended his operator’s license for 12 months.

• Shannon Thomas Wilborn, 26, of Clover, pleaded guilty Monday to a pair of charges, including the possession of methodone and the possession of hydromorphone.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, 11 separate charges against the defendant for money laundering from Walmart were nol prossed.

The court sentenced Wilborn to 10 years in prison for each of the two drug offenses, with all but three months suspended, conditioned on Wilborn’s good behavior for 20 years.

The court ordered Wilborn be placed on probation for two years upon his release and suspended his operator’s license for 12 months.

•  Shawn Bradley Holley, 43, of Roanoke, was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor driving after being declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor DUI.

The court sentenced Holley to 12 months in jail, with all but 20 days suspended, for the habitual offender charge and 30 days in jail and a $500 fine plus completion of VASAP for the DUI charge.

The court ordered the jail terms to run concurrently for an effective 20-day jail term, and suspended the defendant’s operator’s license for one year.

• Matthew Charles Roy, 35, of Knightsdale, N.C., had two felony charges and six misdemeanor charges against him nol prossed Tuesday upon a motion by the Commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included two for credit card theft from Jacqueline Emmons and six for credit card fraud.

• Clarence Jay Sydnor, 50, of South Boston, was convicted Tuesday of petty larceny from Geraldine Walton.

The court sentenced Sydnor to 12 months in jail for the offense, with all suspended to time already served, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

The court ordered the defendant to pay $200 restitution to Walton within 90 days.