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Halifax man to serve 25 days for driving charges

A 54-year-old Halifax man will serve a total of 25 days in jail for a pair of driving related charges after being convicted in Halifax County Circuit Court Wednesday of a second offense of DWI and refusing a blood/breath test.

The circuit court affirmed the judgment of a lower court and convicted Christopher Sydnor of the two misdemeanors, sentencing the defendant to 12 months in jail with all but 15 days suspended for the DWI charge, 10 days of which is the mandatory minimum.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Sydnor’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months and suspended his operator’s license for 36 months with six months ignition interlock, in addition to ordering Sydnor to pay a $1,000 fine, with $500 suspended.

Sydnor must complete VASAP and perform 50 hours of community service through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

The court sentenced Sydnor to six months in jail with all but 10 days suspended for refusing a blood/breath test, conditioned on his good behavior for six months.

Weekend jail service was authorized for the defendant.

In another case heard Tuesday, the court dismissed charges against 26-year-old Allyssa Brooke Powell of Virgilina for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Powell had entered an Alford plea to both charges on April 14, 2011, with the court finding evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but granting the defendant first offender status and continuing the case for one year.

The court placed Powell under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services for one year, ordered her to submit to random drug tests and ordered her to perform 24 hours of community service on the misdemeanor and 100 hours of community service on the felony.