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Woman sentenced in malicious wounding

A 21-year-old South Boston woman, Jessica Louise Ragsdale, will serve two years and six months in prison for the malicious wounding of Shukenya D. Butler.

Ragsdale was sentenced Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison for the malicious wounding of Butler, with all but two years and six months suspended, conditioned on Ragsdale’s good behavior for 20 years, beginning immediately.

The court ordered Ragsdale be placed on probation for one year following her release and ordered her to pay a total of $11,470.72 restitution, $9,677.83 to Medicaid, $1,642.89 to Halifax Regional Hospital and $150 to a Halifax Emergency physician within five years of her release.

In addition, the court ordered the defendant to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and submit to random drug tests, counseling and treatment.

 

Other court cases

In another court case heard on Tuesday, 19-year-old Tecquin Showers Hogue of South Boston pleaded guilty to an amended charge for grand larceny from a person.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against the defendant for conspiracy to commit a felony was nol prossed.

Hogue withdrew his appeal of two misdemeanors, including assault and battery and trespassing, accepting the lower court sentence for both offenses.

The court sentenced Hogue to a 10-year suspended sentence for grand larceny from a person, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for 36 months, beginning immediately.

The court ordered the defendant to pay $250 restitution to his victim within 90 days; complete 300 hours of community service within 24 months; pay a $500 fine within six months; and pay all court costs and fees within 12 months.

As part of the plea agreement, the lower court sentences were reinstated for both misdemeanors, 30 days in jail with all but 10 days suspended and a $100 fine for each.

 Cameron J. Pinilla-Eisenstein, 25, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single charge of oxycodone distribution.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the prosecution agreed to the defendant being evaluated for the Diversion Program and to him being sentenced to a suspended jail term if he qualifies for the Diversion Program.

If the defendant does not qualify for the Diversion Program, the commonwealth agreed not to argue for an active sentence above the low end of the guidelines. 

Sentencing for Pinilla-Eistenstein was continued to a date in the May court term.