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Man enters Alford plea to sex crimes

A 20-year-old South Boston man, Shanon Gerard Rutledge, entered Alford pleas Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a pair of charges for using a computer to solicit sexual offenses with a minor.

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.

Pursuant to the Alford plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros two additional charges against the defendant, both for taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The offenses for which Rutledge was convicted occurred June 21, 2011, according to court records.

Rutledge is free on bond until a sentencing date set for the May court term.

 

Other court cases

Malina Justine Hicks, 27, of South Boston was convicted Wednesday of a show cause charge for a probation violation.

The court revoked 30 days of Hicks’ previously suspended sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Edward Dean Ballou, 35, of Alton had two charges against him dismissed Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court, both for probation violations.

 Steve Aaron Gregory Jr., 28, of South Boston had a show cause charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

 Robert Lee Martin, 52, of Virgilina entered an Alford plea Wednesday to a charge for petty larceny from Walmart.

Martin is free on bond pending sentencing set for the November court term.

 Kevin Demario Powell, 23, of Halifax had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Wednesday upon payment of restitution and court costs.

 Christopher Sydnor, 54, of Halifax had a court order requiring him to complete VASSAP revoked on Wednesday.

The court subsequently ordered Sydnor not to attend VASSAP.

 Jerry Dwayne Walker, 48, of Danville was convicted Wednesday of a show cause charge for a probation violation.

The court revoked 12 months of the defendant’s previously suspended sentence and extended his probation six months.

 John Steven Watts, 50, of South Boston had the commonwealth move to nol pros a charge against him Wednesday for failure to comply with court-ordered VASSAP.

The court subsequently ordered the defendant to complete the VASSAP program.