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South Boston man enters Alford plea to A&B of police officers

 

A 52-year-old South Boston man, Matthew Hubbard Jr., entered an Alford plea Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a pair of charges for felony assault and battery of two South Boston Police officers.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

 

Hubbard entered Alford pleas to felony assault and battery of Officer Wayne Bush and Officer R.J. Mead, and he also entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest.

Pursuant to the Alford plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Hubbard to five years in prison for each felony conviction, with all but six months each suspended, and to a 12-month suspended sentence for the misdemeanor.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Hubbard’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year following his release.

Hubbard was one of 18 people arrested June 3 in a drug sweep by the Halifax-South Boston Regional Drug, Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

Sheriff’s Department investigators, South Boston Police officers and members of the Virginia State Police conducted the raid.

The task force seized crack and powder cocaine with a street value of $1,300 and more than $1,500 in cash in the raid.

Hubbard is scheduled to stand trial in February for two other charges related to his arrest during the raid, one for conspiring to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance and the other for distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, according to court records.

 

Other court cases

Linda Pearl Carrington, 56, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges for distribution of Oxycodone.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a third charge against Carrington for distribution of Oxycodone was nol prossed.

Sentencing for Carrington was continued to a date later in the current court term.

Robert Andrew Clay, 40, of Nelson pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against Clay for a first offense of DWI was nol prossed.

Sentencing for Clay was continued to a date later in the current court term.

Rosalind Dorinda Currie, 45, of South Boston had a charge against her for felony embezzlement nol prossed Tuesday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Anthony George Holt, 39, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to four drug-related charges.

Holt pleaded guilty to distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Alprazolam), distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen) and distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (Hydromorphine),

The defendant also pleaded guilty to selling a Schedule III controlled substance within 1,000 feet of an institution of higher learning.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Holt to a total of 60 years in prison, with all time suspended to completion of the Detention and Diversion center programs.

The court ordered Holt to serve an active sentence of one year in jail if he were not eligible for the Detention and Diversion Center programs.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Holt’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 60 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court ordered Holt to pay $85 restitution to Virginia State Police, submit to random drug tests and remain drug and alcohol free, in addition to suspending his operator’s license for 24 months.

Delquan Lamar Newton, 28, of South Boston had a show cause charge against him for a probation violation nol prossed Tuesday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Dewey Henderson Smith, 53, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.

Sentencing for Smith was continued to a later date in the current court term.

Barbara Rae Tuck, 36, of Virgilina pleaded guilty Tuesday to three drug-related charges, including distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance (felony), distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance (felony) and distribution of an imitation Schedule V or VI controlled substance (misdemeanor).

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, three related drug conspiracy charges were nol prossed.

The plea agreement calls for the court to sentence Tuck to 10 years in prison, with all but one year suspended for the Schedule III distribution charge; to a five-year suspended sentence for the Schedule IV distribution charge; and to a 12-month suspended sentence for the Schedule imitation V or VI distribution charge.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Tuck’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 15 years and ordered her placed on probation for two years following her release.

The court ordered the defendant to undergo a substance abuse assessment, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug tests and pay $30 restitution to Virginia State Police.

Jerry Dwayne Walker, 47, of Danville was convicted Tuesday of grand larceny from Woodrow Goode.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Walker during the trial, a misdemeanor for contempt of court.

The court sentenced Walker to 10 years in prison, with all time suspended conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered her placed on probation for two years.

The court additionally ordered Walker to pay $1,500 restitution to his victim at a rate of $100 per month, beginning March 1.

Troy Jermaine Ferrell, 29, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges for conspiring to distribute cocaine and two charges for distributing cocaine.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Ferrell to five years in prison for each charge, with all time suspended to time waiting to enter and complete the Detention and Diversion center programs, and with the suspended time conditioned to his good behavior for 20 years, beginning immediately.

The court ordered Ferrell to serve 12 months in jail if he failed to qualify for or failed to complete the Detention and Diversion Center programs

The court ordered Ferrell placed on probation for three years beginning immediately, ordered his operator’s license suspended for 24 months and ordered Ferrell to pay court costs within three years.

Crystal Lynn Gordon, 30, of South Boston had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed Thursday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Kenneth Wayne Helton, 43, of Scottsburg pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor assault and battery.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Helton during the trial, one for misdemeanor destruction of property.

The court sentenced Helton to 12 months in jail for misdemeanor assault and battery, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered Helton to pay $300 restitution to his victim within one year at a minimum of $50 per month.

The court further ordered Helton to pay all court costs within 12 months.

Johnny Owen Clay, 21, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to a show cause charge for a probation violation.

The court revoked Clay’s previously suspended prison sentence for the probation violation and resuspended any new time to entry and completion of an alcohol treatment program with Southside Community Services Board or any other agency.

The court ordered Clay placed on probation for six months or until completion of his alcohol treatment program.

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