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Clover man sentenced on driving charges

A 50-year-old Clover man, Robert Gene Long, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison each for three felonies, including driving after having been declared a habitual offender, a third or subsequent offense of DWI and driving after his operator’s license had been suspended for being a habitual offender.

The court suspended all but two years and 90 days and ordered the defendant to complete the 12-month New Life Plan in Wilmington, N.C.

The court also ordered Long to pay a $1,000 fine and complete VASSAP for the DWI conviction, ordered him to pay $50 to the Trauma Fund and suspended his operator’s license indefinitely.

The court also revoked Long’s previously suspended prison sentence for a probation violation but ordered no new jail time, and it placed him on probation for one year. 

 

Other court cases

Ruperto Duque, 54, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to a subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case to the March court term.

 Mark Anthony Adkins, 42, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

The court continued sentencing for Adkins to a date in the November court term.

 Lashawn Lashay Hill, 27, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

The court continued sentencing for Hill to the November court term.

 Sharonda Demetria Howard, 34, of South Boston pleaded no contest Tuesday to distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

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

The court additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for the defendant and ordered her to pay $25 restitution to Virginia State Police.

 Darrius Lechon King, 20, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts for failing to return rental property, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

A fourth charge against the defendant for failing to return rental property was dismissed with prejudice during the trial, and the commonwealth moved to nol pros five other charges against King, two each for grand larceny and breaking and entering, and one for failing to return rental property.

The court continued sentencing for King to the November court term.

 Octavia Barley Martin, 40, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked three months of Martin’s previously suspended prison sentence and ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year upon her release.

 Reginald Scott, 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of marijuana.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict the defendant of the drug possession charge but withheld its finding of guilt, granting the defendant first offender status and continuing the case one year.

The court placed the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordered him to abstain from illegal drugs and ordered him to submit to random drug tests.

 Michael Blake Vaughan, 34, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon within 10 years of a prior felony conviction.

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

The court additionally ordered Vaughan placed on probation for one year following his release.

 Sharonta Sarah White, 33, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, with all but one year suspended for the malicious wounding of Michael Douglas Smith.

The court ordered the suspended portion of White’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years and ordered her placed on probation for three years following her release.

The court ordered White to undergo drug, alcohol and mental health counseling, to take medication as prescribed and to pay $1,310.67 restitution to her victim as well as have no contact with him.

 Rodney Dean Bowman, 46, of Cartersville was convicted Tuesday of petty larceny from Carroll Hall Jr.

The court sentenced Bowman to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered him to pay $200 restitution within six months.

 Linda Pearl Carrington, 56, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to five years each in prison for two counts of the distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

The court suspended Carrington’s entire sentence, conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered her to comply with the Virginia Cares Program by reporting for four hours a day at its Chatham facility.

The court ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year, ordered her to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests and ordered her to pay $160 restitution to Virginia State Police at a rate of $20 per month starting in October.

The court additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for Carrington.