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SoBo Woman Convicted Of Drug Charges

A 44-year-old South Boston woman, Margie Marie Lester, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to four drug-related offenses.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, Lester pleaded guilty to three charges for possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone/Acetaminophen and one for conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.

Under terms of the agreement, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros two additional charges against Lester, one for possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and the other for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Sentencing for Lester was continued to a date later in the current court term in order for the defendant to be evaluated for the detention and diversion centers.

Other Court Cases
• Jeremy Antwain Hutcherson, 29, of South Boston, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for breaking and entering the dwelling of Erica Jones (felony) and 12 months in jail for violating a protective order (misdemeanor), with work release authorized.

The court suspended all but three years and seven months for the felony and all but 30 days for the misdemeanor, conditioned on Hutcherson’s good behavior for one year and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to complete an anger management class and stay away from his victim and her home.

• Garnett Taylor Lloyd Jr., 36, of Nathalie, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of misdemeanors for possessing with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana and conspiring to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the court sentenced Lloyd to a pair of six-month suspended jail terms, conditioned on Lloyd’s good behavior for 12 months and ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service.

The court ordered Lloyd to pay $20 restitution to the Virginia State Police and $6.62 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, and the court granted the defendant a restricted operator’s license.

• Bernie Blanding Jr., 50, of South Boston, was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Blanding’s previously suspended prison sentence but ordered no additional jail time.

• Jeremy Wayne Evans, 32, of Marion, was convicted Tuesday of a pair of probation violations.

The court revoked Evans’ previously suspended prison sentence but re-suspended any additional jail time.

The court also dismissed a capias charge against Evans for failing to appear in court.

• James W. Dawson, 23, of Alton, had a show cause charge against him dismissed Tuesday, the charge being for his failure to pay restitution within 90 days of his sentencing as ordered by the court.

• Shamoni Deshaz Faulkner, 25, of South Boston, had the court find evidence sufficient Tuesday to convict him of a probation violation.

The court continued the case to a date in the January court term in order to allow Faulkner to complete court costs and community service.

• Riley Richard Lester, 60, of South Boston, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession with intent to distribute cocaine by accommodation and conspiring to distribute cocaine by accommodation.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the court sentenced Lester to 10 years in prison for each conviction, with all time suspended but 30 days for possession with intent to distribute cocaine by accommodation, conditioned on Lester’s good behavior for 10 years.

The court ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year following his release, ordered weekend jail service and ordered Lester to pay $100 restitution to the Virginia State Police and $6.41 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

The court also suspended Lester’s operator’s license six months for each conviction, with a restricted operator’s license permitted.