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Virgilina man pleads to malicious wounding, gun charges

A 38-year-old Virgilina man pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to five charges related to a shooting incident that occurred in March.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Eric Eugene Beard pleaded guilty to the malicious wounding of Mackenzie Stevens, use of a firearm in commission of malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, shooting into an occupied building and felony child neglect.

In return for Beard’s plea, the commonwealth moved to nol pros charges against the defendant for the attempted murder of Stevens and use of a firearm in the commission of attempted murder.

The agreement calls for Beard to be sentenced to 20 years in prison for malicious wounding, 10 years for shooting into an occupied dwelling, five years for felony child neglect, three years for use of a firearm in malicious wounding, and one year for reckless handling of a firearm.

The court suspended all but four years in prison for Beard, with the defendant receiving credit for time served, and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The charges against Beard stemmed from an incident that occurred Mar. 9, according to court records.
Other court cases

• Omar Gutierrez-Rumbo, 23, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of forging a public record.

The court granted a defense motion during the trial to strike an additional charge against Gutierrez-Rumbo for misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

Sentencing for the defendant was continued to a date in the September court term.

• Brandon Keith Scott, 23 of Nathalie was convicted Thursday of the arson of a building occupied by Queen Miller.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros an additional charge against the defendant during the trial for breaking and entering.

Sentencing for Scott was continued to the September court term.

• Randall Scott. Waterbury, 48, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Thursday to three driving related charges, including felony hit and run resulting in property damage and two misdemeanors, driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license and unauthorized use of a vehicle, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth

Under terms of the agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros a misdemeanor charge against the defendant during the trial for reckless driving.

The court sentenced Waterbury to a five-year suspended prison sentence for hit and run, a 12-month suspended term for unauthorized use of a vehicle and 200 days in jail for driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, with weekend jail service authorized.

The court additionally ordered the suspended portion of Waterbury’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, ordered him to pay $2,095 restitution to the Town of Scottsburg and $500 restitution to Malcolm Glass and to have no contact with Malcolm Glass, Connie Glass and Jennifer Glass.

• Kenneth Dean Wilborn, 38, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Thursday to three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge, including felonies for unauthorized use of a vehicle and two separate charges for driving as a convicted felon.

Wilborn also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for obstruction of justice.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Wilborn to 10 years in prison for the two charges of driving as a convicted felon, with all time suspended but a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail each, and to five years in prison, with all time suspended for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The court also sentenced Wilborn to a 12-month suspended term for obstruction of justice, with the suspended portion of the defendant’s entire sentence conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

The court additionally ordered Wilborn placed on probation for one year following his release.

• Tristan Tyree Wilson, 25, of Halifax was convicted Thursday of two misdemeanors, including driving on a suspended operator’s license and attempting to elude police.

The court sentenced Wilson to a six-month suspended jail term for attempting to elude police and a $500 fine for driving on a suspended operator’s license, and ordered the defendant’s operator’s license suspended for a total of 31 days.

The court ordered the suspended jail term be conditioned on Wilson’s good behavior for one year.

• Christopher Marcus Duffer, 31, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of a probation violation and a capias charge for failing to appear in court.

The court revoked all remaining unsuspended time of Duffer’s previously suspended prison sentence and sentenced him to 10 days in jail for failing to appear in court.