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South Boston man sentenced in malicious wounding

Michael Devon Williams, a 37-year-old South Boston man, will serve five years in prison for malicious wounding in connection with an incident that occurred on Porter Lane in South Boston in April 2011.

Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison, with the court suspending all but five years for the crime, conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years.

The court ordered Williams placed on probation for two years following his release; ordered him to undergo anger management counseling; and ordered him to have no contact with his victim, Junior Royal.

The court also ordered Williams to pay a total of $98,052.72 restitution, with $97,031.39 of that amount going to Royal, the victim in the wounding that took place April 2, 2011.

Williams was convicted in February in Halifax County Circuit Court of the malicious wounding of Royal, following a bench trial.

Williams had pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of aggravated malicious wounding (intent to maim or kill) during the trial.

A defense motion to strike the charge was granted in part by the court, with Williams convicted of the lesser felony of malicious wounding.

The charge against Williams stems from an incident April 2 when a man was airlifted to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond following a stabbing incident, which allegedly occurred on Porter Lane in South Boston.

A report filed by South Boston Police indicated the man was stabbed multiple times shortly before 9:30 p.m., when police were called to the hospital for a report of a malicious wounding.

When police arrived, officers reported the victim “wouldn’t talk” before he was transported to MCV Hospital in Richmond. 

 

Other court cases

Pamela Faulkner Brown, 36, of South Boston had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed Tuesday upon payment of restitution on a motion by the commonwealth.

 Donnell Lashawn Canada, 27, of Nathalie was convicted Tuesday of felony marijuana distribution.

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

The court also ordered Canada’s operator’s license suspended for six months.

 Kerry Lawrence Clark, 32, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of felony marijuana distribution.

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

The court additionally ordered Clark to pay $80 restitution to Virginia State Police.

 Jerry Wayne Conner, 27, of Alton pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of grand larceny and two counts of petty larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Conner to five years in prison for each felony and 12 months each in jail for each misdemeanor, with all suspended but one year.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Conner’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year following his release.

The court ordered Conner to pay $3,000 restitution to Nelson Jones at a rate of $85 each month, beginning two months after his release.

 Granville Steve Conner, 53, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a pair of misdemeanors for causing a telephone to ring with intent to annoy and contempt of court, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Conner to 30 days in jail, with all but six days suspended for the first charge and 10 days in jail, with all suspended on the second misdemeanor conviction.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Conner’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

 Billy Shane Gables, 35, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court dismissed a charge against the defendant for contempt of court during the same hearing.

The court revoked six months of Gables’ previously suspended prison sentence for the probation violation, ordering the defendant to serve the sentence concurrently with time received in another jurisdiction.

The court additionally ordered Gables placed on two years probation, the first year intensive probation.

 Crystal Watson, 30, of Halifax was convicted Monday of petty larceny in a review case, with the court sentencing the defendant to a 12-month suspended prison term, conditioned on Watson’s good behavior for 12 months.

Watson pleaded guilty to grand larceny from Henry Boyd in May 2010. 

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Watson of the offense but withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case in order for Watson to pay $6,000 restitution to her victim.

If restitution were paid in full, the court stipulated the charge could be reduced to petty larceny.