- Last Updated on 12:00 AM 02/24/12
- BY Staff
A 33-year-old Halifax man, Russell Lamont Newman, entered Alford pleas Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit to a pair of charges for distribution of Schedule I/II controlled substance. 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.
The Alford plea agreement also called for the commonwealth to nol pros two additional charges against the defendant, both for distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, and the court dismissed a misdemeanor contempt of court charge against the defendant.
The agreement calls for the court to sentence Newman to 20 years each in prison for the convictions, with all suspended but six months in jail, conditioned on Newman’s good behavior for 40 years.
The court ordered Newman placed on probation for two years following his release, to submit to random drug tests and abstain from illegal drugs and pay $120 restitution to Virginia State Police.
The court also ordered Newman to submit to counseling and treatment, and it ordered a restricted operator’s license for Newman for 12 months.
Other Court Cases
• Kevin Lawson Whitten, 32, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and one count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
Under terms of a plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Whitten for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.
The plea agreement calls for the court to grant first offender status to Whitten for one count of possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, finding evidence sufficient for guilt but continuing the case for one year.
The court ordered Whitten to remain alcohol and drug free, submit to random drug and alcohol testing and complete 100 hours of community service.
Also under terms of the agreement, the court found evidence sufficient to convict Whitten of another charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and one for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, but withheld its finding of guilt for those two charges for one year.
The court stipulated if Whitten fulfilled the terms and conditions of his probation for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance all three charges would be dismissed.
• Randy Blake Cash, 46, of Nathalie was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.
The court revoked nine months of Cash’s previously suspended prison sentence to run concurrent with time received in another jurisdiction, but stipulated it would suspend all time upon the defendant’s completion of a 90-day inpatient treatment program offered by Bridges Ministry.
• Chaterias LeJuan Harris, 28, of Halifax entered Alford pleas Tuesday to three charges for breaking and entering Apple Mart, grand larceny from Apple Mart and misdemeanor destruction of personal property belonging to Apple Mart.
Under terms of the agreement, Harris also pleaded guilty to felony possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm as a violent felon.
The court sentenced Harris to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison for possessing a firearm as a violent felon, and to suspended five-year terms for grand larceny, breaking and entering and possessing ammunition as a violent felon.
The court sentenced Harris to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor destruction of property, with the suspended portions of Harris’ entire sentence conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years.
The court ordered Harris placed on probation for one year and ordered him to pay a total of $2,186.06 restitution to Charlan Glass via the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
• Stacy Glenn Holt, 42, of Halifax pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony attempting to elude police and driving on a suspended operator’s license.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, two charges against Holt were nol prossed, one for failing to obey a highway sign, the other for reckless driving.
The court sentenced Holt to five years in prison for attempting to elude police, with all suspended but 12 months in jail, and it sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail term for driving on a suspended operator’s license.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Holt’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and authorized work release for the defendant.