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Nathalie man sentenced to 30 years in indecent liberties case

A 28-year-old Nathalie man, Eric Thomas Comer was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a total of 30 years in prison, with all but five years suspended, for two charges involving solicitation of a child.

The court overruled a defense motion to set aside the court’s finding of guilt and order a new trial before sentencing Comer to 20 years in prison, with all but five years suspended for using a computer to solicit a child known to be less than 15-years-old.

It also sentenced Comer to a 10-year suspended sentence for taking indecent liberties with a child.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Comer’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for three years.

The court also ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender and undergo a sex offender residential treatment program.


Other court cases

• Roy Riggs Beadles, 55, of Vernon Hill was convicted Monday of a charge for improper driving, in a misdemeanor review case.

Beadles had pleaded not guilty April 23 to a charge for reckless driving, with the court continuing the case in order for Beadles to complete a driver improvement class, stipulating it would reduce the charge to improper driving if the class were completed.

The court ordered Beadles to pay a $50 fine and court costs for improper driving.

• Nicholas Joshua Shorts, 18, of South Boston had two charges against him nol prossed Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth, including those for breaking and entering and petty larceny.

• Christopher Darious Tucker, 40, of Halifax pleaded guilty Monday to driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Tucker to five years in prison, with all but one year suspended, conditioned on Tucker’s good behavior for five years.

The court also ordered Tucker be placed on probation for one year following his release.

• James Robert Wilson, 29, of Virgilina, pleaded not guilty Monday to three charges in a misdemeanor appeal case, including two for assault and battery and one for disorderly conduct.

The court granted a defense motion to strike the charge against Wilson for disorderly conduct and found evidence sufficient to convict the defendant of both assault and battery charges, taking those charges under advisement for 12 months.

In separate cases, the court convicted Wilson of cocaine possession and a probation violation, with sentencing continued to a date in the September court term.

• Bradshaw Lamar Woody, 29, of South Boston was convicted Monday of three charges for distribution of cocaine.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Woody during the trial for conspiring to distribute cocaine, while the court dismissed a charge against the defendant for a violation of his pre-trial conditions of supervision.

The court sentenced Woody to 10 years in prison for each conviction, with all but 10 months each suspended, the 10-month terms to run concurrently for an effective sentence of 10 months in jail.

The court ordered Woody placed on probation for 12 months, and it ordered work release for the defendant.