- Last Updated on 07:38 AM 03/26/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A 19-year-old South Boston man, Michael Anthony Rondinelli, will spend an effective two years in prison after being sentenced Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court for a felony charge of possession of a firearm while possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Rondinelli pleaded guilty to seven charges, including two counts for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and one each for possession of a firearm while possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute greater than one ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana.
The defendant also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession or consumption of alcohol under the age of 21 and possession of a concealed weapon, and he entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor for the reckless handling of a firearm.
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 court sentenced Rondinelli to five years in prison for each felony and 12 months in jail for each misdemeanor, except for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (six months), with all time suspended but the mandatory two-year sentence for possessing a firearm while possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Rondinelli’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years, beginning immediately, and it ordered the defendant be placed on probation for two years following his release.
In addition, the court ordered Rondinelli’s operators license be suspended for a total of 24 months, ordered him to pay court costs within three years starting one month after his release, complete 50 hours of community service and abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol.
Other court cases
• Theodore Jason Bradley, 30, of Clover will spend 12 months in jail followed by time completed in the Diversion Center for a felony charge of cocaine distribution, according to court records.
On Thursday, the court sentenced Bradley to 10-year prison terms for seven charges, four for distributing cocaine, one for possessing cocaine, one for possessing Methylendioxymethamphetamine, and one for possessing a firearm while possessing cocaine, with all time suspended but 12 months in jail and completion of the Diversion Center program on one cocaine distribution charge.
The court also sentenced the defendant to a 30-day suspended jail term for possession of marijuana.
The court ordered the suspended portions of Bradley’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 70 years, starting immediately, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years upon his release, with the court giving the defendant credit for time served.
In addition, the court ordered Bradley to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol, undergo random drug tests, treatment and counseling and pay $410 restitution to Virginia State Police BCI Fund and $48.25 restitution to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office within three years of his release.
The court additionally suspended Bradley’s operator’s license for a total of three and one-half years.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Bradley pleaded guilty to the charges in December, with the commonwealth moving to nol pros another charge against the defendant for cocaine distribution as part of the plea agreement.
• Elliott Orlando Davis, 31, of South Boston will spend 10 months in jail for construction fraud, with the rest of the 20-year sentence suspended, after Davis pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Davis also pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors on appeal from a lower court, both for practicing a profession without a license.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Davis’ sentence for construction fraud be conditioned on paying $45,080.91 restitution plus interest accrued since Feb. 5, 2008 for a check paid to him by his victim in the case; and $550 from each month for his victim’s life insurance policy taken out in July 2008 continuing to the present, totaling 69 payments.
The court ordered restitution to be paid at a rate of at least $400 per month for the first three months and at a rate of at least $800 per month after the first three months for that charge.
The court sentenced the defendant to six-month suspended jail terms for the two misdemeanors, conditioned on Davis paying $3,300 restitution to another victim within 12 months and conditioned on Davis’ good behavior for six months.
• Joe Belt Allred Jr., 48, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Thursday to two amended indictments for misdemeanor distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance as an accommodation and one amended indictment for misdemeanor distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance as an accommodation.
Allred also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count for possession of marijuana.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against the defendant for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance was nol prossed, with the court dismissing a charge against Allred for a violation of his pretrial conditions.
Under terms of the plea agreement, the court sentenced Allred to four 30-day suspended jail terms, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months and ordered him to pay court costs within 24 months.
• Gary Randy Bailey, 61, of Alton, had a misdemeanor charge against him for threatening bodily harm dismissed Thursday.
Bailey pleaded no contest to the charge March 20, 2013, with the court taking the case under advisement and requiring the defendant to keep the peace for one year, according to court records.