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Speeding charge leads to monetary forfeiture

Two Washington, D.C., men, 22-year-old Zachary Nathaniel Gill and 21-year-old Matthew Turner Woodard, are a little lighter in the wallet following convictions in Halifax County Circuit Court last Wednesday related to a traffic stop in Riverdale in September 2012.

Gill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for speeding more than 60 MPH where the speed limit is 35 MPH and possessing with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

Woodard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

The court sentenced Gill to a pair of 12-month suspended jail terms, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months, with a restricted operator’s license authorized if Gill requested it.

The court ordered Gill to pay a $500 fine for each charge, with $250 suspended on each, and it ordered him to forfeit a total of $4,666, $3,126 to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and $1,540 to the South Boston Police Department.

The court sentenced Woodard to a 30-day suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months, suspended his operator’s license for six months and ordered him to pay a $150 fine.

The charges against Gill and Woodard stemmed from a traffic stop in Riverdale in September 2012, where authorities seized marijuana and $4,666 in cash.

Deputy T. H. Clarke was heading west on Philpott Road when his radar was alerted to an oncoming vehicle traveling 94 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, according to initial police reports.

Clarke stopped the vehicle at Sheetz in Riverdale with the assistance of Corporal M. W. Bowen of the South Boston Police Department.

Authorities identified the driver of the car as Gill and his passenger as Woodard, both of Washington, D.C.

After approaching the vehicle, Clarke detected a strong odor of marijuana, and upon investigation discovered a large bag of suspected marijuana, some of which had been divided into individual prepackaged bags, according to the initial police report.

Also found in the vehicle was a large roll of currency totaling $4,666.

Warrants for possession with intent to distribute marijuana were issued and served on both suspects.

 

Other court cases

David Oliver Boulden, 35, of Richmond was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Boulden’s previously suspended jail term and resuspended any additional time, but it ordered the defendant to pay $100 toward restitution by April1, $100 by May 1 and $500 by June 1, and $100 per month beginning July 1 and every month thereafter.

 Galvin Lee Coleman, 21, of Nathalie had a charge against him for stalking dismissed last Wednesday in a misdemeanor appeal case.

Coleman had pleaded not guilty to the charge during the appeal.

 Stanley Calvin Francis Jr., 40, of South Boston pleaded guilty last Wednesday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against the defendant for driving after having been declared a habitual offender was nol prossed.

The court sentenced Francis to six weeks in jail for the drug charge, the remainder of the three-year term suspended conditioned on his good behavior for three years.

The court placed Francis on probation for one year, beginning immediately, and it suspended Francis’ operator’s license for six months.

 Monte Anthony McNear, 21, of Nathalie pleaded no contest last Wednesday to charges for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court took the case under advisement for two years, ordering the defendant to be of good behavior for two years, perform 124 hours of community service, abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug screens. 

The court stipulated under terms of the agreement both charges would be dismissed at the end of two years if the defendant complied with all court-ordered conditions.