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Woman pleads in animal cruelty case in Halifax County

A 49-year-old South Boston woman pleaded no contest in absentia Thursday to a felony charge for animal cruelty.

The court recommended Martha Susan Wooding be sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term, ordered her to complete an anger management course through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordered her to pay $35 restitution to Jason Thomas and perform 20 hours of community service.

The court withheld its disposition in the case until the defendant could be present for sentencing.

Other court cases

• A 42-year-old Virgilina man was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a total of 30 years in prison for charges relating to grand larceny from Virgilina Grocery.

Kelvin Ray Pennell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for breaking and entering (felony burglary) Virgilina Grocery, with all time suspended conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years.

Pennell was sentenced to 10 years in prison for grand larceny from Virgilina Grocery, with all but two years, seven months suspended, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

The court ordered Pennell placed on probation for two years following his release, ordered him to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, ordered him to pay $610 restitution and ordered him to have no contact with his victim or to go on the property of Virgilina Grocery.

The offenses for which Pennell was convicted occurred Jan. 13, 2008, according to court records.

•  Jerry Lovelace Martin Jr., 28, of South Boston, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, with all time suspended, for threatening to bomb or burn the residence of Linda C. Martin.

The court ordered the suspended sentence be conditioned on Martin’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Martin to abstain from alcohol, submit to random drug tests, undergo counseling with the Southside Community Services Board and have no contact with his victim.

The court dismissed an additional charge against Martin during the trial for a violation of his pre-trial conditions with Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

• Anthony John Allen, 20, of South Boston pleaded no contest Monday to possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled substance (Dihydrocodeinone), conspiring to distribute a Schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiring to distribute marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court granted the defendant first offender status, finding evidence sufficient for a guilty finding and continuing the case for one year.

The court ordered Allen to perform 100 hours of community service, placed him on probation for one year and ordered a restricted operator’s license for the defendant.

The plea agreement calls for Allen to pay $100 restitution to the Virginia State Police and $90 restitution both jointly and separately with a co-defendant to the Virginia State Police; pay $6.66 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department and $8.02 restitution both jointly and separately with a co-defendant to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

• A’Keem Laray Vargas, 20, was convicted Friday of attempted petty larceny and breaking and entering an automobile.

The court sentenced Vargas to 12 months each in jail for each conviction with all time suspended conditioned on Vargas’ good behavior for 24 months.

• Troy Orlando Scarbrough, 23, of South Boston, was convicted Monday of three separate probation violations.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros an additional charge against Scarbrough during the trial, one for contempt of court.

The court revoked six months of Scarbrough’s previously suspended prison sentence for one of the probation violations.

• Paul Lee Streeter Jr., 31, of Halifax, previously granted first offender status for possession of marijuana, had that charge dismissed on Monday.

• Junior Willie Williams Jr., 31 of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Williams’ previously suspended prison sentence but suspended any additional jail time to that already served.

The court additionally ordered Williams to be released from probation once restitution is paid.