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Halifax man pleads guilty to drug charges

A 31-year-old Halifax man will serve 21 years in prison, 15 of which is a minimum, mandatory sentence, for three drug distribution charges. Earl Tydell Ross pleaded guilty Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to three counts of a third or subsequent offense of distributing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced the defendant to 20 years in prison for each of the offenses, with all but 21 years suspended, conditioned on Ross’ good behavior for 30 years following his release.

The court ordered Ross be placed on probation for one year following his release and pay $3,275 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI/Criminal Fund.

Ross was one of seven county residents arrested on various drug charges in January 2011 by members of the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

In exchange for Ross’ guilty plea, the commonwealth agreed not to indict or further prosecute him for drug and firearm offenses the defendant was charged with committing on or about Oct. 26, 2010, Nov. 10, 2010, Nov. 22, 2010, Jan. 5, 2011, Jan. 14, 2011, Jan. 25, 2011 and Jan. 26, 2011, according to court records.

 

Other court cases

Marcus Marcellus Green, 26, of Scottsburg was sentenced last Monday to a pair of 10-year prison sentences for grand larceny from Jimmy and Ruth Gregory.

The court suspended all but 18 months in jail, with work release ordered, conditioned on Green’s good behavior for 10 years. It ordered Green placed on probation for one year upon his release, and it ordered him to have no contact with his victims.

The court ordered Green to pay $2,391.22 restitution, with the defendant paying $1,000 of that amount Monday.

The court ordered the defendant to pay the balance at a rate of $125 per month beginning 30 days after his release.

Lorenzo Donnell Craighead, 27, of Clover pleaded no contest last Monday to a charge for a probation violation.

The court revoked 120 days of Craighead’s previously suspended prison sentence and extended his probation an additional year.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros five additional charges against the defendant during the hearing, including a felony charge for failing to obey the command of law enforcement to stop his motor vehicle; and four misdemeanors, including possessing an open container containing an alcoholic beverage while driving, reckless driving, driving on a suspended operator’s license and having an improper tail light on his vehicle.

Jane Ellen Powell, 38, of Rocky Mount had four charges against her nol prossed last Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included one for distribution of cocaine, one for distribution of imitation Ecstasy and two for contempt of court.

Jason Aaron Crews, 27, of Brookneal, was convicted last Monday of a felony charge for eluding police.

The court dismissed another charge against Crews during the bench trial, one for driving on a suspended operator’s license.

Crews is free on bond pending sentencing set for the May court term.

Terry E. Carden, 52, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty last Monday to a first offense of DWI, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced the defendant to 12 months in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, and it ordered him to pay a $500 fine.

The court additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for Carden.

Todd Edward Dease, 43, of Halifax was sentenced last Monday to a pair of 10-year prison sentences for grand larceny and breaking and entering.

The court suspended all but 12 months in jail, conditioned on Dease’s good behavior for 20 years, and it ordered him to pay $14,311.22 restitution to Sally Moore at a rate of $100 per month beginning 60 days after his release.

William Scott Newton, 39, of Halifax was sentenced last Monday to five years in prison, with all time suspended for attempting to elude police.

The court ordered Newton’s suspended sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally sentenced Newton to pay a $108 fine and court costs for speeding 73/55 MPH zone, and it dismissed a charge against the defendant for a violation of his pretrial conditions of supervision.

Kercin Leonaut Ragsdale, 38, of South Boston was sentenced last Monday to five years in prison, with all but 10 months suspended, for felony forgery of a public record, with work release ordered.

The court additionally sentenced Ragsdale to 12-month suspended terms for three misdemeanors, including reckless driving/speeding in excess of 80 MPH, identity theft and driving with a suspended or revoked operator’s license.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Ragsdale’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years.

Jonathan Matt Scott, 34, of Clover had a show cause charge against him for a probation violation dismissed last Monday.

Reginald Thomas, 47, of Roxboro was convicted last Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Thomas’ previously suspended prison sentence but resuspended any additional time to that already served.

James David Vicks, 56, of South Boston was sentenced last Monday to five years in prison, with all but 120 days suspended for a third or subsequent offense of DWI.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Vicks’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine, suspended his operator’s license indefinitely and ordered him to complete VASSAP.

Timothy Thor Austin, 22, of Rustburg was convicted last Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Austin’s previously suspended prison sentence but ordered no new jail time for the defendant.