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South Boston man sentenced on drug charges

A 24-year-old South Boston man, Sirking Irvin Sweeney, was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court for three counts of possession to distribute cocaine and one count of distribution of cocaine as a principle in the second degree.

 

The court sentenced Sweeney to five years in prison for each of the cocaine distribution charges, with all but three years suspended, and to a five-year suspended sentence for distributing cocaine as a principle in the second degree.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Sweeney’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

In addition, the court ordered Sweeney to pay $170 restitution to Virginia State Police at a rate of $20 per month starting six months after his release, and it suspended Sweeney’s operator’s license for a total of 24 months.

 

Other court cases

• Roy Riggs Beadles, 55, of Vernon Hill, pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge for reckless driving in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court continued the case 60 days in order for Beadles to complete a defensive driving class with the stipulation the charge would be reduced to improper driving if Beadles successfully completed the course.

• Mark Lovelace Crabtree, 30, of Alton had a charge against him for possession of a controlled substance dismissed Monday.

Crabtree pleaded guilty to the charge last April, and pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth the court granted Crabtree first offender status, finding evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but continuing the case.

The court ordered the defendant to undergo a substance abuse assessment and random drug and alcohol screenings, and it ordered a restricted operator’s license in addition to ordering Crabtree to perform 100 hours of community service.

• Jeffrey Curtis Earley, 49, of Bland was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with all but two years and six months suspended and with credit for time served for assaulting a correctional officer.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Earley’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for one year following his release.

• Donald Clay Ford III, 40, of South Boston pleaded no contest Monday to assault and battery in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Ford to a 10-day suspended jail term and a $500 fine with all suspended, conditioned on Ford’s good behavior for 12 months.

The court additionally ordered Ford to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

• Thomas Newton Hamlett, 29, of Scottsburg was convicted Monday of a third or subsequent offense of DWI.

The court sentenced Hamlett to five years in prison, with all but 90 days suspended, conditioned on his good behavior for five years, and with weekend jail service ordered.

The court ordered the defendant to complete VASAP, and it suspended his operator’s license indefinitely.

• Bianca Conyetta Jones, 23, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to a pair of five-year suspended prison terms for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The court ordered Jones’ suspended sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for five years and ordered her placed on probation for one year, and it also ordered her to pay court costs within 24 months starting within six months from Monday.

• Alan Scott Phillips, 45, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to a five-year suspended prison term for possession of a controlled substance.

The court ordered the suspended sentence be conditioned on Phillips’ good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Phillips to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months.

Also on Monday, the court dismissed two charges against Phillips for a first offender alcohol violation.

• Vincent Orlando White, 23, of Chase City was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, with all but two years suspended, for possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon.

The court also sentenced White to a 30-day suspended jail term of possession of marijuana.

The court ordered the suspended portion of White’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

• Keith Lionel Traynham, 26, of Scottsburg was sentenced Monday to 10 days in jail, with weekend jail service authorized, for driving on a revoked or suspended operator’s license, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court also ordered Traynham’s operator’s license be suspended for 90 days.

Traynham had entered a no contest plea to the charge at a Feb. 3 trial.

• Linda Malone Vaughan, 41, of Scottsburg had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed Monday upon full payment of court costs.

• Mark Anthony Williams, 55, of Scottsburg had a charge against him for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance dismissed Monday.

Williams pleaded guilty last April to the drug possession charge.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Williams of the charge, but it withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case one year, granting Williams first offender status.

The court placed the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordered him to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings, and it ordered Williams to perform 100 hours of community service.