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Nathalie man enters Alford plea to 4 counts of felony child abuse

A 40-year-old Nathalie man, Garnett Taylor Lloyd Jr., entered Alford pleas Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to four counts of felony child abuse or neglect after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes evidence in the case would probably result in a guilty finding if the case went to trial.

Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Lloyd for object sexual penetration.

The plea agreement calls for the court to sentence Lloyd to five years in prison for each of the four counts of child abuse or neglect, to run consecutively, with all but two years suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Lloyd’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for five years.

In addition, the court ordered Lloyd to submit to random drug screens, seek and maintain employment and have no contact with his victims, except through the court.

In another case heard on Thursday, 27-year-old Lashawn Lashay Hill of Halifax was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of a firearm as a felon, the mandatory minimum.

The defendant was convicted of the firearms charge in August, according to court records.

The court dismissed a capias charge against Hill on Thursday for a probation violation.