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Three indicted in home invasion

Three Halifax County men were indicted by a Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury last Thursday on charges related to an alleged home invasion in January by men wearing ski masks and armed with shotguns.

Brooks DeShaun Boyd, 30, of Nathalie, Eric Lamont Canada, 24, of Nathalie and Andrew Hankins, 29, of Halifax were each indicted on multiple counts related to the incident that occurred at a home on L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway on Jan. 5.

An indictment is issued by a grand jury against an individual who is charged with a crime.  Before the individual may be convicted, the charge must be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual of the charge against him or her so the person will be able to prepare a defense.

The grand jury handed down 15 indictments each against Hankins, Boyd and Canada in relation to the home invasion, including seven for robbery, three for use of a firearm to commit a felony and one each for abduction to extort money, grand larceny, breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The grand jury also indicted Hankins for one count of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

Boyd, Canada and Hankins were apprehended and charged the evening of Jan. 5 after deputies were dispatched to a home on L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway to a report of a breaking and entering in progress, according to authorities.

While on the phone with 911 dispatchers, a caller inside the home said men entered her home, adding she could “hear the culprits demanding that other household members give them money,” Sheriff Fred Clark said in a news release.

An officer responding to the scene saw a suspicious vehicle near Millstone Church and after stopping the vehicle, police suspected the driver of the vehicle might have been involved with the incident, authorities reported.

Additional deputies, investigators, Virginia State Police units, a helicopter and county K-9 units were dispatched to the scene to help locate the other suspects.

A citizen called police and said he saw two people fitting the descriptions of the suspects walking along Liberty Road.

“Deputies were dispatched to that location but upon arrival were notified that the subjects had been picked up by a vehicle traveling toward Volens Road,” Clark said.

An officer was able to overtake the vehicle at the intersection of Volens Road and Lennig Road, and the two suspects in the vehicle were apprehended, according to the news release.

 

Court cases

Curtis Anthony Cox, 23, of South Boston was convicted Wednesday of perjury.

Cox is free on bond until sentencing set for a date in the July court term.

 Deborah Ann Washington, 55, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Wednesday to misdemeanor assault and battery of Tony Owen.

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.

 

The court sentenced Washington to 12 months in jail, with credit for time served, and it ordered her to pay restitution and court costs starting one month after her release, with two years to pay.