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South Boston Man Pleads Guilty To Eluding Police

A 50-year-old South Boston resident, Bernie Blanding Jr., pleaded guilty April 27 in Halifax County Circuit Court to three charges, including misdemeanor DUI, eluding police and grand larceny from Irma Bradley.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, four misdemeanor charges against Blanding were nol prossed, including destruction of property, a third offense of driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, obstruction of justice and refusing a blood/breath test.

Under terms of the agreement, the court sentenced Blanding to 10 years in prison for grand larceny, with all but two years suspended, four years in prison for eluding police, with all time suspended, and one year in jail for DUI, with all time suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Blanding’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 14 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court also suspended Blanding’s operator’s license for a total of 18 months and ordered him to pay $5,856.52 restitution to State Farm Insurance, $100 to Gyvonia Harris and $500 to the South Boston Police Department.

Other Court Cases
• Tyreik Laquan Lipscomb, 19, of South Boston, pleaded guilty April 27 to two misdemeanors, including the assault and battery of James Powell and brandishing a firearm.

The Commonwealth moved to nol pros two charges against Lipscomb during the trial, including misdemeanor destruction of property and wearing masks in public.

The court sentenced Lipscomb to 12 months each in jail for the two offenses, with none suspended, and ordered the defendant to pay $395 restitution to his victim within six months of his release.

• Laura Leigh Moody, 21, of South Boston, pleaded guilty April 27 to conspiring to commit grand larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, six charges were nol prossed, three for grand larceny from Walmart, two for conspiring to commit grand larceny and one for petty larceny from Walmart.

A show cause charge against Moody for a violation of the conditions of her pre-trial supervision with Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services (HPCS) was also nol prossed.

The court sentenced Moody to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy conviction, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on her good behavior for 20 years, and ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Moody to pay $1,249.85 restitution, both jointly and severally, with a co-defendant in the case, Ronnie Dean Newbill Jr.

• Ronnie Dean Newbill Jr., 22, of South Boston, pleaded guilty April 27 to conspiring to commit grand larceny and grand larceny from Walmart.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, six charges against the defendant were nol prossed, two for grand larceny from Walmart, two for petty larceny from Walmart, and two for conspiring to commit grand larceny from Walmart.

Under terms of the agreement, the court sentenced Newbill to 10 years in prison for each of the offenses, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years, and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Newbill to pay $1,249.85 restitution both jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case, Laura Leigh Moody.

• Kenneth Lee Snead, 23, of Scottsburg, withdrew his appeal April 26 of a lower court ruling that convicted him of misdemeanor destruction of property belonging to Jeremy Wade.

The court sentenced Snead to a 10-day suspended jail sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months, and ordered Snead to pay $451 restitution to Jeremy Wade through HPCS within 30 days.

The Commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Snead during the trial for destruction of property with a value greater than $1,000 belonging to K.R. Snead Trucking.

• Willie Lorenzo Sweeney Jr., 19, of South Boston, entered an Alford plea April 26 to petty larceny from Kora Canada.

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

Pursuant to the Alford plea agreement with the Commonwealth, two charges against Sweeney were nol prossed, one for petty larceny from Stephanie Powell and the other for breaking and entering the dwelling of Powell.

The court sentenced Sweeney to 12 months in jail for the petty larceny offense, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on Sweeney’s good behavior for 12 months.

The court additionally ordered Sweeney to pay $200 restitution through HPCS.

• John Steven Watts, 47, of Scottsburg, was convicted April 26 of three charges, including driving while a habitual offender, a second/subsequent offense of DUI within 10 years, and possession of marijuana.

Watts also was convicted of a probation violation, with sentencing for all four convictions continued to a date later in the current court term.

• Charles Lindberg Wiley II, 36, of Halifax, had a charge against him for possession of cocaine dismissed April 26, following a review hearing.

The date of the alleged offense was Sept. 22, 2008, according to court records.