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South Boston Man Receives 10 Years For Drug Offenses

A 53-year-old South Boston man was sentenced Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to an effective 10-year prison term for seven drug-related charges and a pair of probation violations. Eddie Francis Brown Jr. pleaded guilty to four counts for a second or subsequent offense of possessing with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance and three counts for conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the court sentenced Brown to 10 years in prison each for the four distribution charges, with all but eight suspended, and five years in prison each for the three conspiracy charges, with all suspended but one year and six months in prison.

The court additionally revoked three months each of Brown’s previously suspended prison sentence for a pair of probation violations.

Under terms of the agreement, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros four additional felony charges against the defendant, each for a second or subsequent offense of participation in gang activity.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Brown’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 55 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court ordered Brown to pay restitution in the amount of $240 to the Virginia State Police BCI Criminal Fund; $641 to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department; $12.48 to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department jointly and severally with a co-defendant; $60 to the Virginia State Police BCI Criminal Fund jointly and severally with a co-defendant; and $5.90 to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case.

Other Court Cases
• Jackson Carter, 90, of Halifax, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for unauthorized use of food stamps.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, a charge against Carter for public assistance fraud was nol prossed during the hearing.

Under terms of the agreement, the court sentenced Carter to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for two years, and suspended him from receiving public benefits for 12 months, or until $2,259 restitution is paid to Halifax County Dept. of Social Services, whichever is longer.

• Rodney Lee Coles, 43, of Java, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, a misdemeanor charge against Coles for consuming alcohol while driving was nol prossed.

The agreement calls for the court to grant Coles first offender status, with the drug possession charge dismissed after 12 months if certain conditions were met, including the defendant performing 100 hours of community service.

• Edward Derrick Lanier, 40, of Halifax, entered an Alford plea Thursday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but recognizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

The plea agreement calls for the court to sentence the defendant to 10 years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and for the Commonwealth to nol pros a charge against the defendant for a third or subsequent offense of petty larceny from Monica Lanier.

The court ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year, ordered him to maintain employment, to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to drug treatment, and ordered a restricted operator’s license.

• Deborah Sims, 55, of Halifax, pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for public assistance fraud.

Under terms of the agreement, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Sims for unauthorized use of food stamps.

The court sentenced Sims to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on her good behavior for two years, and suspended her from receiving public benefits for 12 months, or until $903.97 restitution is paid to Halifax County Dept. of Social Services, whichever is longer.

• Robert Vincent Jones, 39, of Brookneal, had a charge against him for speeding 41/25 MPH zone dismissed Thursday upon completion of a defensive driving course, in a misdemeanor appeal case.