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South Boston man pleads guilty to forgery

A 37-year-old South Boston man pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to three charges including forgery, obtaining money under false pretenses and passing a bad check.

Christopher Lee Walker pleaded guilty to check forgery obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a forged check, all to the prejudice of John’s Check Cashing.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court continued sentencing for three months in order for the defendant to pay $3,600 restitution to his victim, and with the stipulation that if restitution were paid Walker would be sentenced to five years in prison for each charge, with all suspended but 30 days for the forgery conviction.

The court stipulated that if restitution were paid, it would order a 15-year period of good behavior for Walker and order him placed on probation for one year upon his release.

Other Court Cases
• Clinton Wade Dixon, 49, of Vernon Hill pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count for communicating to Shirley Dixon a threat to bomb or burn a residence or other structure, and a Class I misdemeanor for preventing a call to law enforcement.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against the defendant for misdemeanor destruction of personal property was nol prossed.

The court sentenced Dixon to five years in prison for the felony and 30 days for the misdemeanor, with all time suspended but time served.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Dixon’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year, in addition to ordering him to refrain from further acts of abuse against his victim, including but not limited to physical violence and/or threats.

•  Tina Renee Grim, 42, of Vernon Hill, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for reckless handling of a firearm and possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine).

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Grim to a 12-month suspended sentence for the misdemeanor and found evidence sufficient to convict the defendant of the drug charge.

The court withheld its finding of guilt on the cocaine possession charge and granted the defendant first offender status, continuing the case for one year and placing her under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

•  Quentin Lee Jennings, 39, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to a pair of separate charges for a felony offense of the assault and battery of a family or household member.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced the defendant to five years in prison for each of the charges, with all suspended conditioned on Jennings’ good behavior for 15 years.

The court additionally ordered Jennings to have no contact with his victim unless allowed by the court.

w Brenda Poole, 57, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to the misdemeanor assault and battery of Edward Ray Angel.

The court continued sentencing for Poole six months, and it ordered the defendant to undergo treatment for alcohol.