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Danville man convicted of drug, driving offenses

A 40-year-old Danville man, Elvin Robertson III, was convicted Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court of four charges related to a police pursuit in December.

Robertson pleaded guilty to one count of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, one felony count of eluding police, one misdemeanor count of possessing marijuana and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended operator’s license.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Robertson during the trial, one for resisting arrest.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Robertson to 10 years in prison for the drug distribution conviction, with all but one year, 10 months suspended.

The court sentenced Robertson to five years in prison for felony eluding, and it sentenced him to 30-day suspended jail terms for driving on a revoked operator’s license and possession of marijuana.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Robertson’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 15 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year following his release.

In addition, the court ordered Robertson to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months on each drug charge and 90 days on each driving charge.

The charges against Robertson stem from a state police chase on Dec. 7 that occurred after Virginia State Police Senior Trooper P. W. Leath attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 360 and Highway 58 for having an illegal window tint.

When Leath activated his lights and siren, the vehicle refused to stop, and a pursuit was intiated.

The suspect vehicle continued eastbound on Highway 360, then proceeded through the Town of Scottsburg before coming to a stop on State Route 720 (Green Level Road) in Halifax County when the vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree.

Following the wreck, the driver tried to flee on foot, and when Leath caught up with the suspect, he initially resisted arrest before being taken into custody.

 

Other court cases

 Melissa Inez Ayers, 43, of Scottsburg was convicted Thursday of one charge for distribution of Schedule III controlled substances Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen.

Ayers was remanded to custody to await sentencing set for the September court term.

 Shameka Hamlett Chisholm, 26, of Halifax pleaded no contest Thursday to five charges, one for obtaining a credit card without consent and four for credit card fraud.

The court took the case under advisement and ordered a presentence report returnable to a date in the September court term.

 Charles Junior Cousins, 50, of Halifax had a pair of misdemeanor charges against him for contempt of court and failing to appear in court dismissed on Thursday.

 Richard Dale Culley, 24, of Nathalie was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant for felony child abuse.

The court sentenced Culley to a 12-month suspended jail term for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months.

 Calvin Bryan Howerton, 60, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of one charge for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Howerton is free on bond pending sentencing set for a date in the September court term.

 Tammy Ann Hudson, 23, of Nathalie, was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant during the trial for felony child abuse.

The court sentenced Hudson to a 12-month suspended jail term for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months.

 Marcus Hughes Tyler, 21, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of two counts of breaking and entering the dwelling of Edward Meeler and two counts of petty larceny from Meeler.

Sentencing for those four charges was continued to a later date in the current court term.

 Isiah Davonn Hunt, 21, of Virgilina was convicted Thursday of failing to register as a violent sex offender.

Hunt is free on bond pending sentencing set for a date in the July court term.