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South Boston man found guilty in stabbing

A 36-year-old South Boston man was convicted Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court of malicious wounding, following a bench trial.

The court convicted Michael Devon Williams of the malicious wounding of Junior Royal in an incident that occurred April 2, according to court records.

Williams had pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of aggravated malicious wounding (intent to maim or kill) during the trial.

A defense motion to strike the charge was granted in part by the court, with Williams convicted of the lesser felony of malicious wounding.

The charge against Williams stems from an April 2 incident in South Boston, when a man was airlifted to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond following a stabbing incident, which allegedly occurred on Porter Lane.

A report filed by South Boston
Police indicated the man was stabbed multiple times shortly before 9:30 p.m., when police were called to the hospital for a report of a malicious wounding.

When police arrived, officers reported the victim “wouldn’t talk” and was soon transported to MCV in Richmond.

 

Other court cases

Bobby Wayne Clay, 30, of Nathalie pleaded no contest Thursday to a pair of misdemeanors for brandishing a firearm and assault and battery of a family or household member.

Clay received first offender status for assault and battery of a family member, with the case taken under advisement for 24 months, the first 12 of which will be supervised through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and the second 12 months unsupervised.

The court ordered Clay to be of good behavior for 24 months, complete anger management and perform 24 hours of community service, with the assault and battery charge dismissed upon successful completion of first offender status, according to court records.

The court sentenced Clay to a six-month suspended jail sentence for brandishing a firearm, conditioned on Clay’s good behavior for six months.

Eric Lamont Davis, 22, of Nathalie had charges against him for distribution of an imitation controlled substance and possession of marijuana dismissed Thursday during a bench trial.

James Henry Foster Jr., 26, of Clover was convicted Thursday of having carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13-14-years-old.

Foster is free on bond pending sentencing set for a date later in the current court term.

Mary Margaret Francisco, 46, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Thursday to felony assault and battery of a family or household member.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Francisco to three years in prison, with all suspended but time already served and with credit for time served at another institution.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Francisco’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for three years and ordered her placed on probation for six months.

Odell McKinley Lipscomb III, 44, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of felonious driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against Lipscomb for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance was nol prossed.

The agreement calls for the court to sentence Lipscomb to two years and six months in prison for each habitual driving charge, with all but one year on each of the charges suspended.

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

Robert Gene Long, 49, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges, two felony charges for driving after having been declared a habitual offender, a felony DUI charge and a probation violation.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a felony charge for eluding police and a misdemeanor charge for refusing a blood/breath test were nol prossed.

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

Nichole Dawn Totherow, 20, of Alton, pleaded no contest Thursday to felony possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone).

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against Totherow for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine) was nol prossed.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Totherow of the two drug charges, but it withheld its finding of guilt and granted Totherow first offender status, deferring a final disposition for 12 months.

The court ordered Totherow to undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete treatment or education programs ordered by probation; remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug and alcohol tests; seek and maintain employment; and perform community service.

The court also suspended Totherow’s operator’s license under terms of the plea agreement.

Vincent Orlando White, 23, of Cullen was convicted Thursday of felony possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

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

Tanesha Lashanda Traynham, 24, of South Boston was convicted Friday of the misdemeanor assault and battery of Krystal Wainright.

The court sentenced Traynham to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court ordered the defendant to pay restitution, perform 50 hours of community service, complete an anger management class and stay away from her victim.

Eric Daniel Wingard, 46, of South Boston had misdemeanor charges against him for the assault and battery of Wallace Gray Nunn Jr. and disorderly conduct nol prossed Friday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

SirKing Irvin Sweeney, 24, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Friday to three counts of cocaine distribution and one count of marijuana distribution.

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.

Under the Alford plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros four additional charges against the defendant, two for conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, one for being a principal in the second degree in distributing a controlled substance and one for failure to report to jail.

Sentencing for Sweeney was continued to the March court term.

 

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