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Pair convicted of kidnapping that set off Amber Alert

A Brookneal couple arrested in January and charged with abduction in a November 2012 incident that prompted a nationwide Amber Alert pleaded no contest Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to parental kidnapping.

Eric Eugene Black, 42, and 35-year-old Jennifer Dawn Carwile entered pleas of no contest to the parental kidnapping of then 18-month-old Alexis Rose Carwile.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros charges against the pair of breaking and entering during both trials.

Black and Carwile were charged in connection with an incident that began Nov. 15, when Department of Social Services in Campbell County issued custody papers for the infant, who was staying with a relative in Halifax County, according to authorities.

The Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court awarded custody of Alexis Rose Carwile to the county’s Department of Social Services, but the child’s parents refused to comply with the court order and abducted the child from a residence in Halifax County where she had been staying with a relative.

Her parents entered the home of the relative and took the child, prompting a nationwide Amber Alert to be issued.

A UPS driver on Interstate 95 in Virginia, after hearing of the Amber Alert, notified authorities when he identified the 1985 Nissan Maxima allegedly driven by Black as the vehicle in front of him on the interstate the next day, authorities said.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, Virginia State Police received a call from Chesterfield County police that led them to stop Black on Interstate 95 in Prince George County at mile marker 41.

He was alone in the vehicle and taken into custody without incident.

Authorities in Prince George’s County, acting on information from a family member, located and arrested Carwile without incident Saturday morning.

Alexis Carwile, who was with Jennifer Carwile, was taken into protective custody and turned over to social services. 

Sentencing for Black and Carwile was continued to a date in a later court term.

 

Other court cases

Joseph Matthew Arnold, 25, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to a pair of felony charges for grand larceny and breaking and entering.

Arnold pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the dwelling of Charles and Sandra Bane, and he also pleaded guilty to grand larceny from the Banes.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth agreed to nol pros three other charges against the defendant for conspiring to commit grand larceny, conspiring to commit breaking and entering and obtaining money under false pretenses from Walmart.

The court sentenced Arnold to 20 years in prison for the breaking and entering conviction, with all time suspended except two years in prison and completion of the detention and diversion programs.

The court sentenced Arnold to a 10-year suspended prison sentence for grand larceny, and it ordered him placed on probation for three years, ordered him to have no contact with his victims and to submit to random drug tests.

The court additionally ordered Arnold to pay $1,600 restitution to his victims jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case at a rate of $100 per month, with all restitution paid no later than 16 months after his release.

 Bobby Wayne Clay, 31, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor assault and battery in a review case.

The court sentenced Clay to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

 Johnny Owen Clay, 22, of Nathalie was convicted Thursday of failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge.

The court sentenced the defendant to a 10-day suspended jail term.

 Harold Dennis Hamlett, 43, of South Boston had charges against him for abduction with intent to defile and assault and battery dismissed Thursday during a bench trial.

The court also dismissed a show cause charge against Hamlett for failing to adhere to his conditions of pre-trial supervision as ordered by the court.

 William Jerome Johnson, 57, of Danville was convicted Thursday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 15 days of Johnson’s previously suspended prison sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Joe Louis Logan, 51, of Stafford, had a show cause charge against him for a probation violation nol prossed Thursday upon a motion by the commonwealth.

 Tiffany Monae Quarles, 26, of Norfolk was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

The court suspended all time conditioned on Quarles’ good behavior for two years, and it placed the defendant on probation for two years.

The court additionally dismissed a show cause charge against the defendant for failing to appear in court.

 James Murray Ross, 34, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros three additional charges against Ross during the trial, including those for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, selling illegal drugs on or near school property and misdemeanor contempt of court.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced the defendant to five years in prison for each of the convictions, with all suspended but 12 months in jail, conditioned on Ross’ good behavior for 10 years.

The court ordered Ross placed on probation for one year, ordered him to pay $205 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI fund and ordered him to abstain from illegal drugs.

 Stewart Thomas Whitt, 42, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge for a probation violation in a review case.

The court continued disposition of that case to a date in the May 2014 court term, ordering Whitt to pay $200 in restitution and court costs by June 16 and each month thereafter.

The court additionally convicted Ross of a capias charge for Whitt contempt of court.

The court sentenced Whitt to a 10-day suspended jail term for that violation.

 Kevin Lawson Whitten, 33, of South Boston had three drug possession charges against him dismissed on Thursday in a review case.

The court dismissed two charges for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and one charge for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.

The court also dismissed a capias charge against the defendant for a first offender alcohol violation.

Whitten pleaded guilty in February 2012 to the three drug possession charges.

Under terms of a plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Whitten for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

A plea agreement called for the court to grant first offender status to Whitten for one count of possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, finding evidence sufficient for guilt but continuing the case for one year.

The court ordered Whitten to remain alcohol and drug free, submit to random drug and alcohol testing and complete 100 hours of community service.

Also under terms of the agreement, the court found evidence sufficient to convict Whitten of another charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and one for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, but withheld its finding of guilt for those two charges for one year.

The court stipulated if Whitten fulfilled the terms and conditions of his probation for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, all three charges would be dismissed.

 Amy Elliott Zimmerman, 46, of South Boston had the court find evidence sufficient to convict her of a probation violation.

The court deferred its finding of guilt and continued the case to a date in the November court term.