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Pair pleads guilty to multiple larcenies

Two men, Robert Lee Moore and Blake Carden Crews, both accused of multiple counts of thefts of ATVs/four-wheelers and a firearm, pleaded guilty to multiple charges Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court, according to Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

Moore, 29, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty to seven counts of grand larceny, one count of larceny of a firearm and one count of being a violent felon while attempting to possess a firearm, according to the commonwealth’s attorney.

In an unrelated set of events, Moore pleaded guilty to felony eluding, vandalism, being a violent felon in possession of a firearm and related traffic misdemeanors, Martin added.

Moore received an active sentence of eight years and six months in prison, above the high end of the sentencing guidelines, which guide the court in deciding the appropriate time a person convicted of a crime or crimes serves, according to Martin.

Moore must also pay any restitution—the out of pocket expenses that resulted directly from the crime—to the victims.

Moore also must successfully complete two years of supervised probation upon his release from incarceration, be of good behavior for 20 years and meet certain other conditions imposed by the court.  

In addition, Moore received a suspended sentence of 11 and one-half years, for a total sentence of 20 years.

“The imposition of suspended time is helpful to secure Mr. Moore’s payment of restitution, his good behavior and his satisfaction of the other conditions of his sentence upon his release from incarceration,” said Martin.

“If Mr. Moore fails to meet any of these conditions, he could have the suspended sentence revoked, in whole or in part—which means he could return to prison for up to the amount of suspended time.”

Crews, 24, of Halifax, and Moore’s co-defendant was very cooperative with the prosecution of these matters, Martin noted.

“Unlike Mr. Moore, Mr. Crews had very little criminal history prior to these events, and he made a full confession to law enforcement,” said Martin.

“He also testified against Mr. Moore at the preliminary hearing of these matters, and he was willing to testify against Mr. Moore at trial

“If not for Mr. Crew’s cooperation, the commonwealth risked not being able to prove all the cases against Mr. Moore, who had been convicted of crimes of theft before. 

“Because of Mr. Crew’s role in this case, the commonwealth agreed to withdraw its prosecution of two charges, and Mr. Crews pleaded guilty to six counts of grand larceny,” continued Martin.

“He received an active sentence of 12 months, which was at the low end of his sentencing guidelines.

“The remaining portion of his five-year sentence was suspended, conditioned upon his payment of restitution; his successful completion of two years supervised probation; his good behavior for five years; and certain other conditions imposed by the court. 

“I am happy to report that these matters were indicted on March 10, and, to the benefit of the victims and the county, have been resolved in a very timely manner,” Martin added.

In another case heard Friday, Christopher Wilson Strange, a Clover resident, accused of multiple counts of breaking and entering and related crimes, entered guilty pleas Friday in Halifax Circuit Court.

Strange pleaded guilty to five counts of breaking and entering, one count of attempted breaking and entering, six counts of grand larceny and six counts of vandalism, according to Martin.

“Mr. Strange was very cooperative in the investigation of these and other matters,” the commonwealth’s attorney added.

“Since his arrest, Mr. Strange aided the prosecution of other individuals in a breaking and entering in a neighboring county and an armed robbery in another neighboring county.

“His aid was pivotal in the investigation and prosecution of a matter involving the delivery of illegal drugs into the local jail in Halifax.

“Because of his cooperation, and in light of the minimal criminal history prior to these events, Mr. Strange received an active sentence of four years.

“The suspended portion of the remainder of his 10-year sentence is suspended upon his payment of restitution to the victims, his successful completion of two years supervised probation, his good behavior for 10 years and certain other conditions imposed by the court.”

The imposition of suspended time will help to secure Strange’s payment of restitution, his good behavior and his satisfaction of the other conditions of his sentence upon his release from incarceration, noted Martin. 

“If he fails to meet any of these conditions, he could have the suspended sentence revoked, in whole or in part—which means he could return to prison for up to the amount of suspended time,” Martin said.