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Man gets two years in deadly accident

A tragic wreck in 2010 that cost a Nathalie woman her life will cost Clyde Mcthanial Chaten more than two years in prison.

Chaten, a 58-year-old Halifax resident, was sentenced Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to an effective prison term of two years and three months for two charges, including felony involuntary manslaughter by vehicle under influence of drugs or alcohol and a second offense of DWI within 10 years, a misdemeanor.

The charges against Chaten stemmed from a two-vehicle wreck Nov. 2, 2010 on Beulah Road.

According to Virginia State Police, a car driven by 73-year-old Elizabeth R. Younger of Nathalie was struck by a car driven by Chaten after Chaten’s car crossed the centerline.

Younger and a passenger in her car were transported to the hospital, and Chaten was injured but not transported.

Younger died Nov. 4, 2010 at Halifax Regional Hospital.

In June 2012 Chaten, entered an Alford plea to both charges.

Under terms of the Alford plea, Chaten did not admit guilt to the offenses but realized prosecution evidence would probably result in a guilty finding if the case went to trial.

Judge Joel Cunningham sentenced Chaten to 10 years in prison for the felony, with all suspended but one year and nine months, and 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor, with all but six months suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Chaten’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered Chaten placed on probation for one year.

In addition, the court ordered Chaten to pay $9,000 restitution to the family of his victim and suspended his operator’s license for three years.

Chaten must complete VASAP and cannot drive for the next 10 years without ignition interlock, according to court records.

 

Other court cases

 Andrew Leon Dickerson, 25, of Virgilina, was convicted Friday of five related driving offenses following a bench trial.

Judge Cunningham convicted Dickerson of felony charges for child abuse and eluding police and misdemeanor charges for defective equipment, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving (speeding).

The defendant entered pleas of not guilty to those five charges and another for a first offense of DWI prior to the trial, with Cunningham dismissing the charge against Dickerson for a first offense of DWI.

Sentencing for Dickerson was continued to a date later in the current court term.

 Frederick Leon Petty, 19, of Scottsburg was convicted Friday of five charges for the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros three other related charges against the defendant during the trial, all three for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The court ordered Petty to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center programs before continuing sentencing to a date in the current court term. 

 Charles Michael Sydnor, 46, of Virgilina was convicted Friday of a misdemeanor charge for contempt of court (failing to appear).

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Sydnor during the hearing, one for possession of cocaine.

The court suspended all time but that already served by Sydnor on the contempt of court charge.

 Shekita C. Chandler, 24, of South Boston was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court continued sentencing for Chandler to a date in the March court term.

 Frank Jackson Conner, 41, of Halifax was convicted last week of a second offense of DUI, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Conner during the trial, one for refusing a blood/breath test.

The court sentenced Conner to 12 months in jail for the second offense of DUI, with all but 10 days suspended, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

The court ordered Conner to pay a $1,000 fine, ordered him to complete VASAP and suspended his operator’s license for 36 months, and ordered ignition interlock for Conner for six months if he were granted a restricted license.

 Marguette Blake Duncan, 28, of Danville pleaded no contest last week to a probation violation.

The court revoked two years of Duncan’s previously suspended prison sentence to run consecutively with two years of probation.

 Theresa Brown Canada, 43, of South Boston was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court revoked Canada’s previously suspended prison sentence for the probation violation but re-suspended any new jail time for the defendant.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros an additional probation violation charge against Canada during the hearing, and it also moved to nol pros charges against the defendant for operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender and shoplifting.