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Pizza bandit gets 5 years in Halifax County robbery

A 25-year-old Danville man was re-sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to an effective five-year prison term for robbery and a three-year suspended term for attempted use of a firearm to commit robbery in connection with a Dec. 22, 2010 incident at Riverside Mobile Home Park.

The court sentenced Mario Jermel Jordan to 50 years in prison for the robbery of Wayne Hodge, with all suspended but five years, in addition to sentencing the defendant to three years for attempted use of a firearm to commit robbery, with all time suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Jordan’s sentence conditioned on his good behavior for 50 years, and it ordered him be placed on probation for three years following his release.

The court ordered the defendant to pay $64 restitution to Domino’s Pizza within six months, and it ordered him to have no contact with his victim or the property of Domino’s Pizza.

Jordan pleaded guilty in September 2011 to robbery and attempted use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the defendant was sentenced to the Youthful Violent Offender’s Program of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The plea agreement called for Jordan to be sentenced to the midpoint of the sentencing guidelines if he were not eligible for the youthful violent offender program.

Jordan, a former Halifax County resident, was originally charged in connection with the Dec. 22, 2010 theft of five pizzas and a heat bag from a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver at Riverside Mobile Home Park on Philpott Road.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. that evening, a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza was attempting to make a delivery at Riverside Mobile Home Park when a black male wearing a long gold coat pointed what appeared to be a shotgun at him, authorities said.

Over the Christmas holidays, Investigator J. D. Clay continued the investigation and through citizen tips and “other information from other resources,” Jordan was later arrested and charged with the felony.


Other court cases

Gilberto Alvarez, 28, of South Boston was convicted May 10 of four felonies, two for theft of a credit card number and two for credit card fraud.

The court sentenced Alvarez to five years in prison for each of the four charges, with all suspended but one year, nine months in prison, conditioned on Alvarez’s good behavior for 20 years and with credit for time served.

The court ordered Alvarez placed on probation for one year following his release.

 Cynthia Lynn Cole, 46, of South Boston had her prior first offender status revoked Monday for possession of cocaine.

The court subsequently convicted Cole of the drug charge and sentenced her to five years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served, ordering Cole to submit to random drug tests and undergo drug treatment.

The court also placed Cole on probation for one year.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant Monday, a capias for a first offender alcohol violation.

Cole pleaded no contest last June to a single count for possession of cocaine.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Cole of the drug charge, but it granted her first offender status, withholding its finding of guilt and continuing the case for one year.

The court placed Cole under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordered Cole to perform 100 hours of community service and ordered her to submit to random drug tests.

 Michael Antwan Henderson, 25, of Port Orange, Fla., was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked six months of Henderson’s previously suspended prison sentence and ordered him placed on probation for 12 months.

 Jonathan Kent Guy, 35, of Halifax had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday.