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Virgilina man convicted of unlawful wounding

A 24-year-old Virgilina man, Ronnie Dean Newbill Jr., was convicted Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court of unlawful wounding and two other related charges.

The court convicted Newbill of the unlawful wounding of Laura Leigh Moody, entering a house to commit assault and battery and damaging a phone line with the intent to prevent another from summoning law enforcement.

The court dismissed two other charges against Newbill during the trial, one for abduction and the other for misdemeanor assault and battery.

Sentencing for Newbill was continued to a date in the May court term.

 

Other court cases

Maurice Anton Hankins, 18, of Vernon Hill was sentenced last week to a total of 40 years each in prison for six counts of sodomy of a victim less than 13-years-old.

The court ordered the six 40-year sentences to be served concurrently, and it suspended all time conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for the remainder of his life, according to court records.

The court ordered Hankins to be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice until the age of 21 and to be placed on probation for an indefinite period of time after his release.

In addition, the court ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender, have no contact with his victim and undergo sex offender treatment.

Hankins was indicted and tried in circuit court as an adult last May, where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

 Marvin Leon Cabler, 58, of Halifax was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, with all but one year, six months suspended for driving after being declared a habitual offender.

The court ordered Cabler’s suspended sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, and it ordered him placed on probation for on year.

The court additionally ordered Cabler to undergo drug and alcohol counseling.

 Sherri Anne Raynor, 29, of Roxboro, N.C., was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served, for unlawful wounding.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Raynor’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for five years, ordered her placed on probation for two years and ordered her to pay a minimum of $561.72 restitution.

The court additionally sentenced the defendant to a pair of 12-month suspended terms for two misdemeanor assault and battery convictions, and it ordered Raynor to continue with counseling.

 Tracey Lee Williams, 49, of Smithfield had a charge against him for embezzlement from Climate Control nol prossed Friday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Tony Ezra Cunningham, 51, of South Boston was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, with all but one year suspended for driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Cunningham’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, but ordered no probation for the defendant.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros a capias charge against Cunningham during the same hearing for a violation of his conditions of good behavior.

 Calvin Rock Johnson, 53, of Scottsburg pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another misdemeanor charge against Johnson during the hearing for violating a protective order.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Johnson of the assault and battery charge but took the case under advisement for 24 months, ordering the defendant to undergo anger management counseling and perform 24 hours of community service.

 Alphonso William Palmer, 50, of South Boston had a charge against him for probation violation dismissed last week.

In addition, the commonwealth moved to nol pros two contempt of court charges and one charge for a probation violation against Palmer upon completion of his court-ordered community service.