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Sentences handed down for assault on officers in separate incidents

Two defendants were sentenced Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court for assaults on law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

A 38-year-old South Boston man, David Wayne Howerton, was sentenced Tuesday to an effective two years, six months in prison for felony assault on law enforcement officer T.H. Clarke.

The court suspended the remainder of the five-year sentence for the assault charge, conditioned on Howerton’s good behavior for five years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court ordered Howerton to receive credit for time served.

Jessica Renee Pannell, 22, of Halifax was sentenced Tuesday to an effective six months in jail each for felony assaults on law enforcement officers M.W. Bowen and T.W. Bush.

The court suspended the remainder of five-year sentences for each charge, with Pannell receiving credit for time served, and it ordered her to pay $12 restitution.

 

Other court cases

 Chu’Quor Ra’Heem Mosley, 20, of South Boston will serve an effective two years and nine months in prison for possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon and cocaine distribution, the remainder of the pair of five-year sentences suspended conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

The court also sentenced the defendant to five-year suspended terms for cocaine distribution and distribution of an imitation controlled substance; and 12-month suspended terms for two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one for marijuana distribution, with credit for time served.

The court ordered the defendant placed on probation for two years following his release, suspended his operator’s license for 30 months and ordered him to pay $210 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund.

The court additionally ordered Mosley to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug screens, in addition to submitting to counseling and treatment.

 Raymond Edward Moten Jr., 25, of Halifax was sentenced Tuesday to a three-year suspended prison term for morphine distribution.

The court ordered Moten’s suspended sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, suspended his operator’s license for six months and ordered him placed on probation for one year upon his release from a 10-month sentence imposed on Tuesday for a probation violation.

 Ronnie Dean Newbill Sr., 51, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to an effective three years in prison for distribution of Buprenorphine, the rest of the 10-year sentence suspended conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

The court sentenced Newbill to a 10-year suspended term for distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, and it revoked one year of Newbill’s previously suspended jail term for a probation violation, all with credit for time served.

The court ordered Newbill placed on probation for two years, suspended his operator’s license for 12 months and ordered him to pay $205 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund within six months of his release.

 Dominic Rodriquez King, 34, of South Boston was sentenced to an effective two years and five months in prison Tuesday for cocaine distribution, the rest of the 10-year sentence suspended conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

The court sentenced King to 10-year suspended prison terms for a pair of cocaine distribution charges; five-year suspended terms for felony child abuse and possession of cocaine; and to a 30-day suspended term for possession of marijuana, with credit for time served.

The court ordered King placed on probation for two years upon his release, suspended his operator’s license for 30 months and ordered him to pay $585 restitution.

 Shelia Leigh Carey, 42, of Nathalie was granted first offender status Tuesday for a charge of possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance in a deferred disposition case.

The court continued the case for 12 months, placing the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordering her to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs and submit to counseling and random drug tests.

In addition, the court ordered Carey to be of good behavior for 12 months and perform 100 hours of community service, in addition to suspending her operator’s license for six months.

In another matter, the court sentenced Carey to a 12-month suspended jail term for a first offense of DWI, suspending her operator’s license for 12 months on that charge, ordering her to complete VASAP and ordering her to pay a $250 fine.

 Michael Tyler Duffie, 21, of Halifax was sentenced Tuesday to an effective six months in jail for abduction, the remainder of the 10-year term suspended conditioned on Duffie’s good behavior for 10 years.

The court also sentenced Duffie to 12 months in jail, with all but one day suspended for a violation of a protective order, and it sentenced the defendant to 12-month suspended jail terms for two misdemeanors, including assault and battery and destruction of personal property.

The court ordered Duffie to serve his sentence on weekends and ordered him placed on probation for one year upon his release, with credit for time served, and it ordered him to pay $999 restitution and have no contact of any kind with his victim.

The court dismissed an additional charge against Duffie during the hearing for a violation of his pre-trial conditions of release.

 Roger Leslie Harris, 53, of Nathalie was sentenced Tuesday to an effective two years and six months in prison, the rest of the five-year sentence suspended for possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon after more than 10 years.

The court also sentenced Harris to a five-year suspended term for larceny of a firearm belonging to Luke McGuire, with the suspended portion of Harris’ total sentence conditioned on his good behavior for five years, beginning immediately, and with credit for time served.

The court ordered Harris placed on probation for one year following his release.

 Bianca Conyetta Jones, 25, of Halifax was sentenced Tuesday to an effective 120 days in jail for felony shoplifting, the remainder of the five-year sentence suspended conditioned on Jones’ good behavior for five years.

The court also sentenced Jones to a suspended five-year prison term for failing to appear in court for a felony charge, and it revoked 30 days of the defendant’s previously suspended jail sentence for a probation violation.

The court placed the defendant on probation for one year following her release.

 Latroy Lee Saunders, 35, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to an effective four years in prison for cocaine distribution, the remainder of the eight-year term suspended conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

The court also sentenced Saunders to eight-year suspended terms for a pair of marijuana distribution charges, it ordered Saunders placed on probation for two years upon his release and it ordered him to pay $485 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund.

The court ordered the defendant receive credit for time served, and it suspended his operator’s license for 18 months.

 Carnell Nathaniel Traynham, 34, of Vernon Hill was sentenced Tuesday to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor failure to return rental property to Colortyme, in a review case.

The court ordered the suspended time conditioned on Traynahm’s good behavior for 12 months.

 John Steven Watts, 51, of South Boston had a charge against him for non-compliance with VASAP nol prossed Tuesday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Rodney Eric Yancey, 50, of Buffalo Junction was sentenced Tuesday to an effective two years and five months in prison for a subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender, the remainder of the five-year sentence suspended conditioned on his good behavior for five years.

The court also sentenced the defendant to a 30-day suspended jail term for possession of marijuana and to a $50 fine for having defective equipment on his motor vehicle.

The court ordered the defendant receive credit for time served and suspended his operator’s license for six months. 

 Daniel Leroy Yarbrough, 63, of South Boston had three charges against him dismissed on Tuesday, two for contempt of court and one for a probation violation.