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South Boston woman pleads guilty to malicious wounding

A 33-year-old South Boston woman pleaded guilty last Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to malicious wounding.

Sharonta Sarah White pleaded guilty to the malicious wounding of Michael Douglas Smith, with the offense occurring Nov. 25, according to court records.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against White during the trial, one for the robbery of Smith.

Sentencing for the defendant was continued to a date in the July court term.

 

Other court cases

Christopher Nathan Casey, 22, of Clarksville, was convicted last Monday of two charges for having carnal knowledge of a 13-14 year-old without force.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros eight similar charges against the defendant during the trial.

Sentencing for Casey was continued to a date in the September court term.

 Tommy Clay Helton, 44, of Halifax was sentenced last Monday to 30 years in prison, with all but seven years and two months suspended, for object sexual penetration by force.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Helton’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court ordered Helton to register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender treatment and submit to random drug tests.

The court additionally ordered Helton to have no contact whatsoever with his victim or his victim’s family and to pay restitution for any out of pocket costs assumed by the victim or the victim’s family in association with the case.

 Ronnie Dean Newbill Jr., 24, of South Boston entered an Alford plea last Monday to felony unauthorized use of a vehicle belonging to Peggy G. Snead.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, the court sentenced Newbill to a five-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years.

 Robert Adam Buchanan, 26, of Hurt was convicted last Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked six months of Buchanan’s previously suspended prison sentence, with work release authorized.

 Madelon Powell, 19, of South Boston pleaded guilty last Monday to possession of a controlled substance.

The court granted the defendant first offender status, finding evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but withholding its finding of guilt and continuing the case for one year.

The court placed Powell under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordered her to perform community service, abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros three other charges against Powell during the trial, two for possession of a controlled substance and one for petty larceny.

 Ashton Lamar Newman, 19, of South Boston was convicted last Monday of breaking and entering the dwelling of Corrine Stovall.

The court sentenced Newman to a 10-year suspended prison term, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court ordered Newman to have no contact with his victim.

 Aaron Hadley Roberts III, 20, of South Boston was convicted last Monday of the destruction of personal property belonging to Nakiya Hankins in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Roberts to 12 months in jail, with all suspended but three months to run concurrently with time already received.

The court ordered Roberts to pay $650 restitution to his victim within six months through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and to have no contact with his victim.

 Dick Melvin Walker Jr., 43, of Halifax had a charge against him for cocaine distribution nol prossed last Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.