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South Boston man convicted of felony strangling offense

A 31-year-old South Boston man, Timothy Brad Puryear, was convicted Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court of a felony charge for strangulation, in addition to a related charge for misdemeanor assault and battery of a household or family member.

Another charge against the defendant for misdemeanor assault and battery was dismissed during the bench trial.

Sentencing for Puryear was continued to a date in the July court term.

 

Other court cases

Eric Lamont Davis, 25, of Nathalie was sentenced Monday to a pair of 15-year prison sentences for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and the robbery of Keon Barksdale.

The court suspended all but six months in jail for the drug charge, conditioned on Davis’ good behavior for 15 years, it ordered him placed on probation for two years, and it ordered his operator’s license suspended for six months.

 Raashaun De’Shay Newman, 26, of South Boston pleaded guilty Monday to five charges, including a felony for illegally obtaining a credit card.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for obtaining money under false pretenses from Sheetz, obtaining money under false pretenses from Kangaroo Gas Station, credit card fraud and petty larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, two charges against Newman were nol prossed, including credit card fraud and stealing property with a value of $5 or more.

Sentencing for Newman was continued to a date in the July court term.

 Cristi Cumberland Stevens, 26, of Leesburg had six forgery-related charges and one charge for contempt of court against her dismissed Monday during a bench trial.

 Tawanda Thomas Tucker, 34, of South Boston was found not guilty Monday of two charges for failing to return rental property following a bench trial.

In another matter, the defendant was convicted Monday of making a false report to law enforcement, with the court sentencing Tucker to a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor.

 Carl Williams Hurst, 44, of West Palm Beach, Fl., had a charge against him for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon dismissed Tuesday.

 Andrew Corey Helton, 24, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge for petty larceny from Walmart.

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

The court sentenced Helton to 12 months in jail, with all suspended, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

 Matthew Michael Moore, 24, of South Boston, was convicted Tuesday of grand larceny from Walmart.

Sentencing for Moore was continued to a date in the July court term.

 Daniel Darrell Jiggetts, 23, of South Boston was convicted Wednesday of a felony charge for enhanced petty larceny.

Sentencing for Jiggetts was continued to a date in the July court term.

 Christopher James Whitlow, 36, of Oxford, N.C., had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Wednesday.