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SoBo woman sentenced for arson, assault and battery

A 35-year-old South Boston woman, Terissa Mae Mosley, pleaded guilty Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to one count of misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member, after entering into a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

The court sentenced Mosley to 12 months in jail for the assault and battery charge, and it ordered her to have no contact with her victim.

In another case, the court sentenced Mosley to five years in prison for the arson of personal property belonging to Henry Boyd, with all but 12 months suspended, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, and it ordered Mosley to pay $5,000 restitution.

The court ordered Mosley to serve the 12-month terms together.

The court also convicted Mosley of a probation violation on Thursday, revoking her previously suspended prison sentence but ordering no new jail time for that charge.

Other court cases
• Jarrid Tremayne Graves, 26, of Halifax, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of distributing cocaine, one count of distributing a Schedule I controlled substance (N-Benzylpiperazine) and two counts of conspiring to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Graves to five years each in prison for the three cocaine distribution charges, with all time suspended except successful entry and completion of the Detention and Diversion center programs.

The court sentenced Graves to five years each in prison for the two conspiracy charges with all time suspended and to five years in prison for distribution of N-Benzylpiperazine, with all time suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Graves’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years, ordered him placed on probation for two years, and ordered his operator’s license suspended for six months.

In addition, the court ordered Graves to pay $100 restitution to the Virginia State Police; $6.41 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department; $160 restitution jointly and severally with a co-defendant to the Virginia State Police; and $13.07 restitution jointly and severally with a co-defendant to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

• Beronica Ford Buster, 56, of South Boston, was convicted Friday of misdemeanor embezzlement from Frank Walker.

The court found evidence sufficient last year to convict the defendant of felony embezzlement, but it took the case under advisement for 12 months, stipulating the charge would be reduced to a misdemeanor if $1,200 restitution was paid.

The court sentenced Buster to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months for misdemeanor embezzlement.

•  John Leslie Harrison, 44, of South Boston, had a charge against him for aggravated sexual battery dismissed Friday during a bench trial.

•  Nathaniel Tyrone Terry, 21, of Halifax, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

The court continued sentencing for Terry to the November court term in order for the defendant to be evaluated for the Diversion and Detention center programs.

The court released the defendant on $5,000 unsecured bond and placed him under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, in addition to ordering him to submit to random drug tests.