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Alton pair plead no contest to breaking and entering charge

A pair of Alton residents entered pleas of no contest Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a charge for breaking and entering.

Steven Richard Bartee, 24, and Erica Page Vernon, 21, both of Alton, entered pleas of no contest to breaking and entering the home of David Miller.

Pursuant to separate plea agreements with the commonwealth, charges for conspiracy to break and enter and petty larceny against the co-defendants were nol prossed upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Under terms of one plea agreement, the court sentenced Bartee to 10 years in prison with all time suspended except 12 months in jail, conditioned on Bartee’s good behavior for 10 years.

The court ordered Bartee to pay $250 restitution to Miller, both jointly and severally with co-defendant Vernon.

The court sentenced Vernon to a five-year suspended prison term, conditioned on her good behavior for five years, and it ordered her placed on probation for six months.

The court ordered Vernon to pay $250 restitution to Miller, both jointly and severally with co-defendant Bartee.

The court ordered both Bartee and Vernon to have no contact with Miller.

 

Other Court Cases

Shawn Lemont Coleman, 32, of Halifax pleaded guilty Monday to attempted possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon and a misdemeanor for pointing or brandishing a firearm.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Coleman to five years in prison for the felony and 12 months in jail for the misdemeanor, with all time suspended to that already served.

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

 Matthew Thomas Comer, 30, of Halifax had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday upon full payment of restitution.

 Jason Aaron Crews, 28, of Brookneal was convicted Monday of two charges, including misdemeanor eluding police and a probation violation.

The court sentenced Crews to six months in jail for eluding police, with all but two months suspended, and it revoked two years of his previously suspended prison sentence, with all but two months re-suspended for the probation violation.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Crews’ sentence for the eluding police conviction to be conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

 James Kasean Gooden, 27, of South Boston was convicted Monday of felony distribution of cocaine and misdemeanor distribution of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

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

 Dakota Wayne Gray, 19, of Gladys pleaded guilty Monday to grand larceny from Bertha Grey Hodnett.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Gray to a 10-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to pay $1,200 restitution at a rate of $50 per month beginning in August and to have no contact with Hodnett.

The court dismissed an additional charge against Gray during the hearing for violation of his pre-trial conditions.

 Shelton Javon O’Briant, 35, of Halifax was convicted Monday of a misdemeanor charge for failure to return rental property.

The court sentenced O’Briant to a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

 John Steven Watts, 49, of Scottsburg had a charge against him for a probation violation nol prossed Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.