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South Boston man enters Alford plea to drug distribution


A 40-year-old South Boston man entered an Alford plea Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to drug distribution charges.

Jeffer Shawn Knight entered an Alford plea to three separate charges for a second or subsequent offense of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.


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

Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, sentencing for Knight was continued to a date later in the current court term to allow the defendant to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center programs.

Knight is free on bond until sentencing.

Other court case

Tramaine Lamar Stephens, 25, of South Boston was convicted last week of a single misdemeanor charge for possession with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

The court sentenced Stephens to a 12-month suspended jail term for the conviction, conditioned on Stephens’ good behavior for 12 months, and the court additionally suspended the defendant’s operator’s license for six months.

The court also convicted Stephens of a probation violation during the trial, revoking his previously suspended prison sentence but ordering no new jail time for that violation.