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Man Convicted Of Reckless Driving In Appeal Case

A 26-year-old Blanch, N.C., man was convicted Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court of reckless driving by speed, following a misdemeanor appeal case.
The court convicted Dontae Lawson of reckless driving/speeding 123 in a 55 MPH zone.

Lawson was operating a 2001 Suzuki when he was pulled over and charged with speeding, according to court records.

The court sentenced Lawson to 12 months in jail, with all but 90 days suspended, with work release or weekend jail service authorized, and the court ordered Lawson to pay a $1,500 fine, with all but $500 suspended.

The court also ordered a restricted operator’s license for Lawson for six months.

Other Court Cases
• Larry Wayne Fears Jr., 33, of Halifax, pleaded no contest Thursday to trespassing to damage the property of another.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Fears of a first offense of petty larceny but withheld its finding of guilt and took the case under advisement for one year.

The court ordered Fears to be of good behavior for one year, ordered him to perform 24 hours of community service and ordered him to complete a petty larceny counseling program, with the stipulation that if all court-ordered conditions were met, it may dismiss the case.

• Brandy Marie Justus, 21, of Nathalie, pleaded guilty Thursday to petty larceny from Vine Mitchell.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Justus for statutory burglary of a building.

The court sentenced Justus to six months in jail, with all time suspended conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for six months, and it ordered her to have no contact with her victim or her victim’s property.