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Man convicted of drug charges

A 27-year-old Halifax man was convicted Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court of six drug distribution related charges.

Jarrid Tremayne Graves was convicted of three counts for distribution of cocaine, one count for distribution of N-Benzyliperazine and two counts for conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance.

The court sentenced Graves to five years in prison for each of the convictions, with all suspended conditioned on Graves’ successful entry and completion of the Detention and Diversion Center programs.

The court also ordered the suspended portion of Graves’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court additionally ordered Graves to pay a total of $260 restitution to the Virginia State Police and $19.48 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

Other Court Cases


• Stephanie Amanda Branscome, 20, of Virgilina pleaded guilty Monday to petty larceny from Norfolk and Southern Railroad.
Branscome pleaded guilty to a charge of grand larceny in June 2009, but pursuant to a plea agreement the court withheld its finding of guilt for 18 months, with the stipulation that if court-ordered conditions were met, the charge may be reduced to petty larceny.

Branscome was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term for the petty larceny conviction, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months.

• Samantha Paige Fleming, 21, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
The court found evidence sufficient to convict Fleming of the drug possession charge but granted the defendant first offender status and ordered Fleming placed on probation for one year.

The court ordered Fleming to perform 100 hours of community service under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services (HPCS) and to submit to random drug screenings.

• Maurice Anthony Faucette, 28, of Clover pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Faucette to five years in prison, with all suspended to time already served.

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

• William Tyrone Faulkner, 53, of South Boston had a charge against him for a probation violation nol prossed Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

• Chestley Maurice Hargrove, 38, of South Boston had a charge against him for contempt of court (failure to appear) dismissed Monday.

• Thomas Bryant Holland, 21, of South Boston, had a charge against him for contempt of court (failure to appear) dismissed Monday.

• Cordero Deshae Kirby, 22, of Halifax was convicted Monday of a probation violation, with the court dismissing another similar charge against the defendant.

The court revoked five weekends of Kirby’s previously suspended prison sentence.

• Roosevelt Calvin Martin, 49, of South Boston had the court find evidence sufficient Monday to convict him of a probation violation.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and authorized the defendant to perform community service under HPCS to pay court costs.

•  John Davis Nichols, 19, of Clover was convicted Monday in Halifax County General District Court of a misdemeanor charge for animal cruelty.

The court found Nichols not guilty of another charge for “depriving an animal of necessary food, drink, shelter or emergency veterinary treatment or cause such deprivation.”

The court sentenced Nichols to a 10-day suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months and payment of $237 restitution to Charlotte Long.

The court additionally ordered Nichols to pay a $1,000 fine, with $500 suspended, and to perform 100 hours of community service in an animal benefit program.

• James Corey McFaden, 29, of Brookneal had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday.

• Laura Leigh Moody, 21, of South Boston pleaded no contest Monday to two separate probation violations.

The court continued the case to a date in the January court term to allow Moody to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center programs.

• Wesley Lamont Peters, 55, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked one year of Peters’ previously suspended prison sentence and extended his probation one year after his release.

• Charles Anthony Quinn, 38, of Salisbury, N.C. was convicted in absentia Monday of a charge of having defective equipment on his vehicle, the court noting the defendant’s completion of the AAA Driver Improvement Program.

The court fined Quinn $75 for the defective equipment violation.

•  Tramaine Lamar Stephens, 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute more than one-half ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Stephens to a five-year suspended prison term, conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for the defendant.

• Bradford Donnell Woody, 31, of Scottsburg pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge for contempt of court.

The court sentenced Woody to 10 days in jail to run with nine months of time already received in another jurisdiction.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Woody during the trial for failing to obey a court order.