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Man sentenced for drug charges

A 52-year-old Virgilina man, Fred Thomas Elliott, was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to five years each in prison for two separate drug distribution charges, including distribution of oxycodone and acetaminophen and distribution of oxycodone.

The court suspended all but 12 months in jail, with work release ordered for Elliott.

The court suspended Elliott’s operator’s license for 12 months and ordered him to pay $90 restitution to Virginia State Police.

 

Other court cases

Morgan Lee Brown, 24, of South Boston was convicted Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court of two charges for misdemeanor distribution of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

The court sentenced Brown to 12 months in jail for each charge, with all time suspended conditioned on Brown’s good behavior for 24 months.

The court suspended Brown’s operator’s license for 12 months and ordered him to pay $145 restitution to Virginia State Police at a rate of $20 per month beginning in October.

 Phillip Lucien Carrington, 27, of South Boston was convicted Monday of misdemeanor assault and battery in a review case.

Another charge against the defendant for malicious wounding was nol prossed by the commonwealth during the hearing.

Carrington had pleaded guilty to two assault-related charges in May 2011, including malicious wounding and misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Carrington but withheld its finding of guilt and took the case under advisement for 12 months. 

 James Douglas Cole, 37, of Virginia Beach had a charge against him for a probation violation nol prossed Tuesday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Hilda Jane Kuhn, 55, of Lynchburg had a charge against her for a probation violation nol prossed Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Virginia Ann Lankford, 75, of Clover had a charge against her for a probation violation nol prossed Monday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Talesha Renae Medley, 28, of South Boston had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed Monday.

 Tanya Marie Pryor, 24, of Drakes Branch had her prior first offender status for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance revoked Monday, with the court subsequently convicting her of the drug possession charge in a review case.

Sentencing for Pryor was continued to the November court term.

Pryor pleaded no contest in July 2011 to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Pryor of the drug charge but granted the defendant first offender status, continuing the case for one year and placing Pryor under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

The court ordered Pryor to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests, in addition to ordering Pryor to perform community service.

 Christopher Shane Robertson, 22, of South Boston had a charge against him for conspiring to commit grand larceny dismissed Monday following a bench trial.

 Shanel Scott, 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to possession of marijuana.

The court granted the defendant first offender status, continuing the case for 12 months and placing Scott under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, and it ordered Scott to perform 24 hours of community service.

The court ordered the defendant to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests and drug treatment, in addition to suspending Scott’s operator’s license for six months.

 Arthur Earnest Sydnor, 42, of Virgilina had four charges against him for contempt of court and one charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday.

The court ordered Sydnor to pay court costs.

 Christopher Lee Walker, 39, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court ordered no new jail time for the defendant but ordered him to pay $50 per month in court costs, and it extended his probation an additional year.

 Vincent Morrell Williams, 43, of South Boston had a charge against him for contempt of court dismissed Monday.