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SoBo man convicted of attempted arson

A 52-year-old South Boston man entered Alford pleas Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to four charges related to attempted arson.

Charles Howard Wilkinson III entered Alford pleas to attempted arson, threatening to bomb or burn a residence and two charges for assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

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.

Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, the commonwealth agreed to nol pros another charge against Wilkinson for arson.

There is no agreement regarding sentencing, which was continued to a date in the July court term, according to court records.

 

Other court cases

 Emmitt William Anderson, 45, of Danville had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Monday upon payment of court-ordered restitution.

 Joseph Matthew Arnold, 25, of South Boston had show cause charges against him for a probation violation and contempt of court dismissed on Monday.

 James Brooks, 46, of Alton was convicted Monday on a violation of his good behavior provisions as ordered by the court.

The court revoked 60 days of Brooks’ previously suspended prison sentence.

 Joshua Adam Campbell, 27, of Timberlake, N.C., pleaded no contest Monday to a probation violation.

The court revoked 60 days of Campbell’s previously suspended prison sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Joe Junior Davis Jr., 49, of South Boston had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed without prejudice on Monday upon payment of restitution in full.

 Donna Lynn DeGeorgis, 50, of Halifax was convicted Monday of misdemeanor prescription fraud.

The court sentenced DeGeorgis to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months.

 Christopher James Domenici, 35, of South Boston pleaded no contest Monday to a charge for a second offense of shoplifting, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced Domenici to 90 days in jail, with all but 48 hours suspended, with weekend jail service authorized.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to pay a $500 fine and not to go back to Walmart.

 Fannie Sue Mitchell, 65, of South Boston was convicted Monday of speeding 34/25 MPH zone, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court ordered Mitchell to pay a fine and court costs associated with the case.

 Madelon Melane Powell, 20, of Halifax had her first offender status revoked Monday and was convicted of possession of a controlled substance.

Powell pleaded guilty to the drug possession charge last June, with the court granting her first offender status, continuing the case for one year and placing her under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

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

 Kelvin Wise Stovall, 23, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 60 days of Stovall’s previously suspended prison sentence and ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year.

 Tony Lee Bailey, 34, of Semora, N.C., was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 12 months of Bailey’s previously suspended prison sentence with credit for time served.

 Adrian Antonio Carrillo, aka Sanabia, 28, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Wednesday to the malicious wounding of Edgar Martinez Saldana.

The court sentenced Carrillo to 20 years in prison, with all but one year, eight months suspended, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 20 years, and it ordered him to pay court costs within one year of his release.

 Shekita C. Chandler, 25, of Halifax was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Chandler’s previously suspended sentence but ordered no new jail time.

 Lisa Theresa Halloren, 33, of Vernon Hill had charges against her for making a false application to receive welfare, obtaining money under false pretenses and welfare fraud dismissed Wednesday following a bench trial.

 Jennifer Gail Lacks, 26, of South Boston had charges against her for making a false application to receive welfare, obtaining money under false pretenses and welfare fraud dismissed Wednesday following a bench trial.

 Samuel Wayne Lancaster, 30, of Halifax was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for a third offense of DWI within five years.

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

The court ordered Lancaster to pay a $1,000 fine and a $50 trauma fee, and it ordered him to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and undergo counseling and treatment.

The court also sentenced Lancaster to a $25 fine for a seat belt violation.

 Kevlin Lonell Palmer, 31, of South Boston pleaded guilty Wednesday to a third offense of DWI within five years and a third or subsequent offense of driving with a revoked operator’s license within a 10-year period, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Palmer was remanded to custody on charges he is facing in another jurisdiction to await sentencing set for the July court term.

 Ronnie Edward Ross, 53, of South Boston was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 60 days of the defendant’s previously suspended prison sentence for the violation.

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

 Lucresio Sanchez Jr., 41, of Scottsburg was convicted Wednesday on a pair of misdemeanors for a third offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender within a 10-year period.

The court sentenced Sanchez to a pair of 12-month jail terms, with all suspended but 30 days each, with weekend jail service authorized.

The court also ordered Sanchez’s operator’s license be suspended for 90 days for each of the offenses.