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Three plead guilty in rash of break-ins

Three North Carolina men charged in connection with numerous residential break-ins and larcenies that occurred throughout southern Halifax County in late summer and early fall 2010 pleaded guilty to a number of charges Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Shaquan Henry Goza, 25, of Blanch, N.C., pleaded guilty to 12 charges including two for conspiring to commit grand larceny; two for conspiring to commit breaking and entering/burglary; two for grand larceny; and two for breaking and entering/burglary.

Goza also pleaded guilty to two additional charges of grand larceny and two additional charges of breaking and entering.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Goza to 10 years in prison for 11 of the charges, with all time suspended, and it suspended all time but that already served for one of the charges.

The court ordered the suspended portion of the defendant’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years for each of the 12 charges, and it ordered him placed on probation for five years for each of the 12 charges, with all running concurrently.

The court additionally ordered restitution to be set within 60 days.

The commonwealth agreed to nol pros 23 related charges against Goza in exchange for his guilty plea.

A second defendant in the case, 22-year-old Kahlir Jamir Johnson of Yanceyville, N.C., also pleaded guilty Thursday to 12 charges, including four for statutory burglary, four for grand larceny and two each for conspiracy to commit statutory burglary and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, the court sentenced Johnson to 10 years in prison for each of the 12 charges, with all but four years and six months suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of the defendant’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years for each of the 12 charges, and it ordered him placed on probation for five years for each of the 12 charges, with all running concurrently.

The commonwealth agreed to nol pros 20 other charges against the defendant in exchange for his guilty plea, including those for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, attempted burglary and petty larceny.

The court additionally ordered restitution to be set within 60 days, with Johnson ordered to pay restitution jointly and severally to his victims.

Whitney Dawntae Oliver, 22, of Blanch, N.C., pleaded guilty Thursday to one charge for grand larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Oliver to a 10-year-suspended prison sentence, conditioned on Oliver’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered the defendant placed on probation for two years.

The court ordered restitution in the case to be set within 60 days, and it ordered the defendant to pay restitution both jointly and severally.

Under terms of the agreement, the commonwealth nol prossed five additional charges against Oliver.

 

Other court cases

Jerry Michael Silverthorne Jr., 41, of Chesterfield was convicted Thursday of attempting to possess a firearm as a convicted felon.

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

 Matthew Michael Moore, 24, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Sept. 20 to grand larceny from Taylor Jones.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

Sentencing for Moore was continued to a date in the November court term.

 Bradford Donnell Woody Sr., 33, of Scottsburg, was convicted Thursday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 12 months of Woody’s previously suspended prison sentence and ordered it to run concurrently with time received in another jurisdiction.

 William Jerome Johnson, 59, of Alton was convicted Tuesday of a violation of his good behavior provisions as ordered by the court.

The court revoked five days of Johnson’s previously suspended prison sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Pamula Lynn Davis, 56, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor driving on a revoked operator’s license.

The court sentenced Davis to 90 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended.