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Court convicts Halifax man of larceny, breaking and entering

A 22-year-old Halifax man, Jonathan Chase Stephens, was convicted Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court of related charges for breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Stephens pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the dwelling of Charles and Sandra Bane, and he also pleaded guilty to grand larceny from the same couple.

In exchange for Stephens’ guilty pleas, the commonwealth moved to nol pros three other charges against the defendant, including conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and obtaining money under false pretenses from Walmart.

The agreement calls for the court to sentence Stephens to 20 years in prison for breaking and entering, with all but three years and six months suspended, and 10 years in prison, with all time suspended for grand larceny, with the last 12 months of his sentence to be served in the detention and diversion center programs.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Stephen’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered the defendant to pay $1,600 restitution at a rate of $50 per month starting 60 days after his release both jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case and to have no contact with his victims or their family.

 

Other court cases

Rodney Dean Bowman, 46, of Nelson was convicted Tuesday of a charge for failing to report to jail as ordered by the court.

The court revoked authorization for Bowman to serve his sentence on weekends and ordered the defendant to serve his time straight through.

 Christopher Kenneth Pumphrey, 26, of South Boston had five charges against him nol prossed Tuesday upon a motion by the commonwealth, including two for conspiring to distribute cocaine, two for distribution of cocaine and one for a violation of his pre-trial conditions of supervision with Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.

 Timothy Brad Puryear, 31, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, with all but three years and six months suspended, for a felony charge of strangulation.

The court additionally sentenced Puryear to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended for assault on a law enforcement officer, and to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor assault and battery.

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

 Mohammad J. Rajput, 45, of South Boston had a charge against him for grand larceny nol prossed Wednesday upon a motion of the commonwealth.