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Alford plea entered to firearms charges

A 29-year-old Virgilina woman, Mandy Leigh Hall Shelton, entered Alford pleas Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to eight charges, three of which were firearm-related.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

Shelton entered Alford pleas to seven felony charges, including two for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, two for obtaining money under false pretenses and one for credit card fraud, credit card theft and theft of a firearm.

Shelton also entered an Alford plea to a subsequent offense of petty larceny (pickpocket).

The court dismissed a charge against Shelton for contempt of court during the hearing.

Sentencing for Shelton was continued to a later court date.

 

Other court cases

Kiarra Monique-L’sh Watson, 21, of Boydton pleaded guilty Thursday to a single charge of embezzlement from Walmart Stores East.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the prosecution moved to nol pros two charges against Watson for felony embezzlement from Walmart Stores East.

The court sentenced Watson to a five-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on her good behavior for five years and ordered her placed on probation for two and one-half years.

The court ordered Watson to pay $2,024.18 restitution to Walmart Stores East within 30 months, ordering her to serve 10 days in jail if she missed any payment along with an additional month of probation. 

 Ponell Hamlett, 46, of South Boston, entered Alford pleas Thursday to the assault and battery of a police officer and a third or subsequent offense of the assault and battery of a family or household member.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros an additional charge against the defendant during the trial, one for assault and battery of a police officer.

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

 Sherry May Bomar, 29, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a written plea agreement with the commonwealth, the prosecution moved to nol pros a third charge against the defendant for possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone.

The court sentenced Bomar to 10 years each in prison for the two drug charges with all time suspended conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years, it ordered Bomar placed on probation for two years, and it ordered her to attend drug counseling.

The court also ordered her to abstain from illegal drugs, submit to random drug tests and pay $142 restitution to Virginia State Police within one year, in addition to ordering a restricted operator’s license for 12 months.

 Kevin Troy Chisholm, 41, of Halifax pleaded guilty Friday to a second or subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Chisholm to five years in prison with all suspended except 12 months in jail, the mandatory minimum, and with work release ordered for the defendant.

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

 Jennifer Nicole Collins, 33, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a charge for felony embezzlement, after entering into a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

The court sentenced Collins to two years in prison with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for two years.

The court ordered Collins placed on probation for one year and ordered her to pay $273.36 restitution to Subway store No. 39717.

 Ezekiel Jeremiah Cox, 47, of South Boston was convicted Friday of two charges, including driving with a revoked license for a third or subsequent time within 10 years and DWI for a second time within five years.

The court dismissed a third charge against Cox during the trial for refusing a breath test, and the commonwealth nol prossed a fourth charge against the defendant for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

The court sentenced Cox to 90 days in jail for driving with a revoked license, with all but 10 days suspended, ordering Cox to perform 50 hours of community service through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

The court sentenced Cox to 12 months in jail for the DWI charge, with all suspended but 20 days in jail, ordering the defendant to pay a $500 fine, pay $50 to the Trauma Fund and complete VASSAP.

The court additionally suspended Cox’s operator’s license for three years.

 Steven Anthony Halloren, 32, of Halifax was convicted Friday of two charges for driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Halloren to 90 days in jail for each charge, with all but 10 days suspended for each, for an effective 20-day jail sentence.

The court authorized weekend jail service for Halloren and suspended his operator’s license for a total of 180 days, 90 for each charge.

 Frederick Leon Petty, 19, of Scottsburg was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison each for five counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The court suspended all but two years in prison, with that time in turn suspended to the defendant’s completion of the detention and diversion centers.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Petty’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years, in addition to suspending Petty’s operator’s license for 30 months.

 Brooke A. Pumphrey, 24, of South Boston had a charge against her for failing to return rental property nol prossed Friday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Christopher Kenneth Pumphrey, 25, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a charge for failing to return rental property after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Pumphrey of the charge but under terms of the plea agreement took the case under advisement for six months, stipulating it may reduce the charge against Pumphrey to a misdemeanor if he paid restitution of $1,117.45 and was of good behavior within that time.

 Eric A. Roberts, 30, of South Boston had a charge against him for felony assault and battery of a family member dismissed on Friday.

 Elliott Vincent Bowers Jr., 25, of Clover was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked three months of Bowers’ previously suspended prison sentence for the violation.

The court also convicted the defendant of a pair of contempt of court charges, sentencing him to a pair of $25 fines.

 Valerie Denise Hamlett, 44, of Halifax was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 30 days of Hamlett’s previously suspended prison sentence for the violation.

 Markey J. Leigh, 29, of Alton had two charges against him nol prossed Wednesday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included those for a probation violation and contempt of court.

 Jermain Stephen Pegram, 34, of South Boston pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge for perjury.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Pegram to five years in prison with all suspended, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years.

The court ordered Pegram placed on unsupervised probation for five years.

 Kenneth Dale Wilborne Jr., 34, of South Boston pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony perjury.

The court sentenced Wilborne to a two-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for two years, beginning immediately.

The court ordered Wilborne placed on probation for an indefinite period of time and until he is released by the court.

The court dismissed another charge against Wilborne during the trial, one for a probation violation.