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Halifax man enters guilty plea to felony assault and battery

A 23-year-old Halifax man, Travis Wayne Pannell, pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a third or subsequent offense of felony assault and battery of a family or household member.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Pannell to five years in prison, with all but one year suspended, conditioned on Pannell’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

The court ordered Pannell placed on probation for two years and ordered him to have no contact with his victim.

The court ordered the defendant to perform 500 hours of community service under terms of the plea agreement but stipulated if Pannell found full-time employment (defined as 35 hours per week) it would reduce the requirement to 250 hours.

If the defendant were to gain then lose full-time employment and fail to regain it within one month of losing it, the community service requirement would revert to 500 hours, according to the plea agreement.

The court also ordered Pannell to complete an anger management course as part of the provisions of the plea agreement.


Other court cases

Cory Kevin Price, 23, of Drakes Branch was convicted Thursday of petty larceny following a bench trial.

Prior to the trial, Price was arraigned on a felony charge of failing to return rental merchandise from Colortyme, with the court overruling a defense motion to strike prosecution evidence before finding the defendant guilty of the lesser charge of petty larceny.

The court sentenced Price to 12 months in jail, with all time suspended conditioned on the defendant paying $920.96 restitution at a rate of $75 per month.

 Katrina Marlene Harris, 40, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor bad check charge upon the defendant’s full payment of restitution.

The court sentenced Harris to a 12-month suspended jail term.

 Tony Ezra Cunningham, 50, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of a subsequent offense for driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Sentencing for Cunningham was continued to the January court term.

 Victor DeLeon, 44, of South Boston had five felony charges against him nol prossed Thursday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included two for aggravated sexual battery, two for breaking and entering and one for an indecent act with a child.