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Halifax man enters Alford plea in involuntary manslaughter

A 58-year-old Halifax man, Clyde McThanial Chaten, entered an Alford plea Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a felony charge for involuntary manslaughter under influence of drugs or alcohol by vehicle.

Chaten also entered an Alford plea to a second offense of DWI within 10 years.

Under terms of the Alford plea, Chaten did not admit guilt to the offenses but realized prosecution evidence against him would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

The charges against Chaten stem from a Nov. 2, 2010 automobile wreck in Halifax County.

According to Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred on State Route 753 (Beulah Road) near its intersection with Chatham Road when a car driven by 73-year-old Elizabeth R. Younger of Nathalie was struck by a car driven by Chaten after Chaten’s car crossed the centerline.

Younger and a passenger in her car, then 50-year-old Clarence Dodson, were transported to the hospital, and Chaten was injured but not transported, according to the police report.

Younger died Nov. 4, 2010 at Halifax Regional Hospital. 

Sentencing for Chaten was continued to the September court term.

 

Other Court Cases

Shavon Jermaine Givens, 25, of South Boston entered an Alford plea last week to five counts of cocaine distribution.

Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, the court sentenced Givens to five years in prison for each charge, with all time suspended to that already served on one of the charges.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Givens’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 25 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court ordered Givens to pay $300 restitution to Virginia State Police, and it ordered a restricted operator’s license for the defendant for 30 months.

 Justin Butler Gravitt, 28, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny from Sarah Shelton and grand larceny from Linda Shelton.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Gravitt to three years in prison for each of the convictions, with all time suspended conditioned on Gravitt’s good behavior for six years.

The court ordered Gravitt placed on probation for one year, and it ordered him to submit to substance abuse screenings and pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the probation department.

 Michelle Lewis Holland, 42, of Halifax pleaded no contest Thursday to a pair of misdemeanor charges for embezzlement from Sun Trust Bank.

The court sentenced Holland to 12 months each in jail, with all but 30 days suspended, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months.

The court authorized weekend jail confinement for Holland.

 Jeffer Shawn Knight, 41, of South Boston was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for each of three cocaine distribution convictions.

The court suspended all but 12 months in jail and completion of the detention and diversion centers, conditioned on Knight’s good behavior for 30 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

The court ordered Knight to pay $100 restitution to the drug task force, ordered him to comply with drug treatment programs and suspended his operator’s license for 18 months.

 Ramone Lavar Perkins, 27 of South Boston was convicted Thursday of two charges for cocaine distribution.

The court sentenced Perkins to 10 years in prison for each charge, with all but one year suspended conditioned on Perkins’ good behavior for 20 years, and with credit for time served.

The court ordered Perkins placed on probation for one year and ordered him to pay $350 restitution to VCI Criminal Fund within one year.

 Otis Van Richardson, 46, of Clover pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny from Andy Anderson.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against Richardson for obtaining money under false pretenses from Cycle Systems was nol prossed.

The court sentenced Richardson to a 20-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Richardson to pay $500 restitution to Andy Anderson within 12 months and to have no contact with his victim.

 Robert Carrol Wilkerson, 44, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies, including grand larceny from Angela Nester, grand larceny from Edward Davenport and breaking and entering the dwelling of Nester.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Wilkerson to 10 years in prison for each charge, with all time suspended to that already served awaiting trial on the breaking and entering charge.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Wilkerson’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for 12 months.

The court additionally ordered Wilkerson to pay $350 restitution to Davenport.

 Michael Eugene Woodard, 45, of Farmville entered an Alford plea Thursday to misdemeanor assault and battery.

The court sentenced Woodard to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months and ordered him to pay $2,834 restitution at a rate of $50 per month.

The court ordered the defendant placed on probation for 12 months or until restitution was paid in full.

 Amy Elliott Zimmerman, 44, of Virgilina was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for felony assault and battery of law enforcement officer Sam Gilliam, with all suspended but seven months in jail.

The court also sentenced Zimmerman to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor obstruction of justice, with the suspended portions of Zimmerman’s sentence conditioned on her good behavior for five years.

The court ordered Zimmerman placed on probation for one year and ordered her to submit to random drug and alcohol tests.

 Marcus Tyler Hughes, 20, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Thursday to petty larceny.

The court sentenced Hughes to 12 months in jail, with all suspended but 45 days, conditioned on Hughes’ good behavior for 12 months upon his release and a 12-month probationary period upon his release.

Weekend jail service was authorized for the defendant, who was ordered by the court to pay court costs within 12 months and be screened for the Job Corps.