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Man Convicted In Attempted Murder Of Police Officer

A Halifax County Circuit Court jury convicted a 22-year-old South Boston man of attempted second-degree murder of a police officer and eight other charges following a day-long jury trial Thursday.

The jury convicted Omar Jabrielle Springs of one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of possessing a firearm while possessing cocaine and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of attempted murder.

Springs also was found guilty of one count for the possession of cocaine, one count for carrying a concealed weapon and four counts of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The court granted a defense motion during the trial to strike two other charges against Springs, both for felonious assault.

The jury recommended Springs spend five years in prison for attempted second degree murder, three years for use of a firearm to attempt second degree murder, two years for possessing cocaine while possessing a firearm, and six months each for the remaining charges for a total of 10 years, 30 months in prison.

Sentencing for Springs is set for the September court term.

The charges against Springs stem from an incident which occurred April 2 about 10:30 p.m. when Officer C.M. Mann approached Springs behind an apartment building in the Willow Oaks Apartment Complex, according to South Boston Police.

The police report stated Mann suspected criminal activity, but when he got close to the suspect, Springs ran with the officer giving chase.

Springs allegedly drew a handgun during the foot pursuit and pointed it in the direction of Mann before the officer caught him, and a struggle ensued, with Springs reportedly biting the officer several times on his arms before Mann was able to wrestle the firearm away from Springs.

Mann was treated and released from Halifax Regional Hospital that same evening, according to the police report.

Other Court Case
• Katie Bates Shotwell, 60, of Alton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of embezzlement from Bagwell and Bagwell in a period from January 1, 2001 to April 30, 2008, according to court records.

In exchange for Shotwell’s guilty plea, the Commonwealth moved to nol pros 14 additional charges against Shotwell, all in connection with embezzlement from Bagwell and Bagwell.

The court sentenced Shotwell to three years in prison and suspended the entire sentence conditioned on her good behavior for three years.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to pay $100,000 resititution.