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Virgilina man sentenced in B&E, unlawful wounding

A 25-year-old Virgilina man, Ronnie Dean Newbill Jr., was sentenced Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court for charges related to breaking and entering a county home last year.

The court sentenced Newbill to 20 years in prison, with all but three years suspended, for breaking and entering the dwelling of Laura Leigh Moody last Sept. 13.

The court also sentenced Newbill to a five-year suspended prison term for the unlawful wounding of Moody and a 12-month suspended jail term for damaging a phone line with the intent to prevent another from summoning law enforcement.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Newbill’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for five years following his release.

The court further ordered Newbill to attend a drug-counseling program following his release and to have no contact with his victim unless approved in writing.

Newbill also pleaded no contest Tuesday to a show cause charge for a violation of his provisions of good behavior as ordered by the court.

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

 

Other court cases

James Edward Bates, 49, of Halifax was convicted Tuesday of a subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

Sentencing for Bates was continued to a date in the September court term.

 Joseph Hurt Edmonds, 61, of South Boston had three charges against him nol prossed on Tuesday upon a motion by the commonwealth, including charges for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute oxycontin, in addition to a capias charge for a probation violation.

 Jermaine O’Neal Hall, 36, of Long Island was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, with all but two suspended, for the unlawful wounding of Danielle Davis.

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

The court further ordered Hall to have no contact with Danielle and Dominique Davis.

 Wanda Mae Hilber, 39, of Lynchburg was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, with all but 30 days suspended, for enhanced petty larceny.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Hilber’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for five years and ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court also authorized weekend jail service for the defendant.

 Beverly Kay Hill, 60, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to a five-year suspended prison term for embezzlement from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8.

The court ordered the suspended sentence conditioned on Hill’s good behavior for five years, and it ordered the defendant to have no contact with American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8 without a written request from its current president.

The court noted restitution has been paid in full.

 Justin Demone King, 23, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to five years each in prison for three charges, including failure to return rental property to Colortyme and Kelly Rentals, and obtaining money under false pretenses from Riverside Pawn.

The court suspended all but 15 days in jail, conditioned on King’s good behavior for five years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court authorized weekend jail service for the defendant.

King pleaded guilty earlier this year to all three charges.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, King was ordered to pay a total of $5,865,57 in restitution, including $1,742,73 to Kelly Rentals, $564.02 to Rent-A-Center, $3,408.82 to Colortyme and $150 to Riverside Pawn.

The plea agreement called for King to pay restitution at a rate of $50 per month beginning 30 days after commencement of probation, or 30 days from his release from incarceration, or 30 days from completion of sentencing.

Payment of restitution was to be a condition of court-ordered probation, suspended jail time and/or good behavior, according to the plea agreement.

 Jerry Lovelace Martin Jr., 31, of South Boston had a capias charge against him for a probation violation dismissed on Tuesday.

w Derrick O’Neil Miller, 30, of Gretna pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of an imitation Schedule I/II controlled substance and distribution of marijuana.

Sentencing for Miller was continued to a date in the September court term.

 Marcus Alan Romero, 22, of Danville pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking and entering the dwelling of Claude Haynes.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Romero during the trial for grand larceny from Haynes.

Sentencing for Romero was continued to a date in the September court term.

 John Forrest Walker Jr., 46, of Burlington, N.C. pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of the assault and battery of a family or household member.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, three other charges against the defendant were nol prossed, including those for assault and battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the court sentenced Walker to three years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served, conditioned on his good behavior for five years.

The court additionally ordered Walker be placed on probation for six months and have no contact with any of the victims in the case.

 John Joseph Hamberger, 43, of Chatham was found in violation Wednesday of his court-ordered conditions of good behavior.

The court ordered the defendant to continue to make court-ordered payments and continued the case to a date in the November court term.

 Barry Keith Hudson, 47, of South Boston was convicted Wednesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked six months of Hudson’s previously suspended prison sentence, and it ordered him to continue with drug treatment and counseling.

 Crystal Pulliam Moorefield, 35, of Nelson had a charge against her for a probation violation nol prossed upon a motion by the commonwealth on Wednesday in a review case.

 Neisha Sytara Powell, 25, of Clover had her first offender status for misdemeanor possession of marijuana revoked Wednesday, with the court subsequently convicting her of the drug possession charge.

The court sentenced Powell to 30 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, conditioned on her good behavior for one year.

The court authorized weekend jail service for Powell and additionally ordered the defendant to abstain from illegal drugs.

 Betty Jean Adams, 64, of South Boston had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed on Monday.

 Darius Bryant Boyd, 24, of Nathalie had his prior first offender status for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and possession of marijuana revoked on Monday, with the defendant subsequently convicted of the drug possession charges.

The court sentenced Boyd to five years in prison for possessing cocaine, with all but 12 months suspended, and it sentenced Boyd to a 30-day suspended jail term for possession of marijuana, conditioned on Boyd’s good behavior for five years.

The court ordered Boyd be placed on probation for one year, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months.

Boyd pleaded guilty in December 2011 to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Boyd of the two drug possession charges but withheld its finding of guilt and granted Boyd first offender status, placing Boyd under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and continuing the case.

The court ordered Boyd to perform 100 hours of community service, abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and submit to random drug tests, in addition to suspending his operator’s license for 12 months.

 Damunah Ammon Az Elshaheen, 36, of South Boston was convicted Monday of speeding 40/25 MPH zone in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court ordered the defendant to pay a $90 fine in addition to court costs.

 Deaundray Ontario Martin, 20, of South Boston withdrew his appeal Monday and accepted a general district court ruling that convicted him of failing to make court-ordered restitution within a set time period.

The court sentenced Martin to 10 days in jail and ordered him to pay $100 restitution within 30 days.

 Benjamin James McKinney, 35, of Halifax had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed on Monday upon payment in full of restitution.

 Marcus Sinclair Hairston, 31, of Martinsville had three drug possession-related charges against him dismissed Friday during a bench trial.

The court dismissed charges against Hairston for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and simultaneously possessing a gun on or about his person while possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

 Shaun Douglas Rabba, 32, of Scottsburg entered an Alford plea Friday to a charge for misdemeanor welfare fraud.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilty to an offense but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, two other charges against the defendant were nol prossed.

Charges nol prossed included those for obtaining money under false pretenses from Halifax County Department of Social Services and making a false welfare application for public assistance.

The court sentenced Rabba to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor welfare fraud, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, and it noted restitution had been paid in full.

  Audrey Lenora Rabba, 48, of Clover had charges against her for obtaining money under false pretenses, making a false application for welfare assistance and welfare fraud nol prossed Friday upon a motion by the commonwealth.