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Former insurance agent sentenced

Edward McMurray Hamlet, a 59-year-old Halifax resident and former employee of Fry, Jordan & Wilson Insurance Agency, was sentenced Dec. 28 in Halifax County Circuit Court to a six-year suspended sentence for embezzlement from his former employer.

Judge Leslie M. Osborn sentenced Hamlet to three years each in prison for two counts of embezzlement, with all time suspended, conditioned on Hamlet’s good behavior for five years.

The court additionally ordered the defendant be placed on probation for six months, beginning immediately.

Hamlet was convicted in November of two embezzlement charges following a bench trial.

Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour moved to nol pros one embezzlement charge against Hamlet during the trial, and Osborn dismissed three other embezzlement charges against the defendant during the trial on a motion by defense attorney Joseph Teefey.

The charges for which Hamlet was convicted involved the embezzlement of approximately $730 and $3,333 in funds belonging to Fry, Jordan & Wilson, according to Freshour.

All restitution had been paid prior to the Dec. 28 sentencing hearing, according to court records.

Other Court Cases

Jermaine O’Neal Hall, 36, of Long Island pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a charge for unlawful wounding.

Hall’s plea came as the result of a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

The court ordered the defendant to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and to attend anger management classes before continuing sentencing in the case to a date in the March court term.

 James Kasean Gooden, 27, of South Boston was sentenced Dec. 20 to 10 years in prison, with all but 90 days suspended, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Gooden’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court also sentenced Gooden to a 12-month suspended term for possession with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of marijuana, and it ordered the defendant to submit to drug and alcohol counseling, as well as suspended his operator’s license for 12 months.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Gooden during the hearing, one for a prior violation of his conditions of good behavior as ordered by the court.

 Michael Anthony Elam, 47, of Lynchburg was convicted Dec. 20 of two counts of shoplifting from ABC stores.

Sentencing for Elam was continued to the March court term.

 Anthony Steven Morgan, 24, of Nathalie was convicted Dec. 24 of two charges for grand larceny from Sally Moore and one charge for breaking and entering the property of Moore.

Sentencing for Morgan was continued to the March court term.

 April Shavon Witcher, 32, of Nathalie was convicted Dec. 20 of a single charge for grand larceny from Sally Moore.

Sentencing for Witcher was continued to the March court term.

 Tasha Jane Rutledge, 26, of Stanley, N.C. was convicted Dec. 20 of one charge of petty larceny from Johnson’s Quick Shop.

The court sentenced Rutledge to 12 months in jail, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months.

The court additionally ordered Rutledge to pay $4.79 restitution and to stay out of Johnson’s Quick Shop.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros two other charges against Rutledge during the trial, one for destruction of personal property and the other for breaking and entering.