- Last Updated on 07:39 AM 08/14/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A 33-year-old South Boston man was convicted Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court of unlawful wounding.
The court convicted John David Ward of the unlawful wounding of Markia Townes following a bench trial.
Ward had pleaded not guilty to malicious wounding at the start of the trial and was convicted of the lesser charge of unlawful wounding.
Sentencing for Ward was continued to a date in the September court term.
Other court cases
• Cordaro Rahmad Wilson, 25, of Halifax pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of distributing greater than one-half ounce of marijuana.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, four similar charges for marijuana distribution were nol prossed.
Sentencing for Wilson was continued to a date in the September court term.
• Raashaun De’Shay Newman, 27, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, with all but two years suspended, for credit card theft, and he also was sentenced to a five-year suspended prison term for enhanced petty larceny from Runt’s Store.
The court also sentenced Newman to 12-month suspended jail terms for credit card fraud, obtaining money under false pretenses from Kangaroo Express and obtaining money under false pretenses from Sheetz.
The court ordered the defendant to serve four months of his sentence concurrently with time received in Mecklenburg County, and it ordered the suspended portion of Newman’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years.
The court ordered Newman be placed on probation for two years following his release and to pay $23.95 restitution to Runt’s Store, in addition to ordering him not to return to Runt’s Store, Kangaroo Express or Sheetz.
• Al Davis Graves Sr., 53, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a pair of driving violations, including a third or subsequent offense of DWI within 10 years and driving on a revoked license.
Sentencing for Graves was continued to a date in the September court term.
• Ponell Hamlett, 46, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with all but three years and four months suspended, for felony assault and battery of a family member.
The court also sentenced Hamlett to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for assault on a law enforcement officer.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Hamlett’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release and ordered him to have no contact with his victim in the assault and battery case.
In addition, the court ordered Hamlett to pay $740 restitution and ordered him to undergo alcohol counseling.
• Gabriel Antonio Williams, 39, of South Boston was convicted Monday of two charges, contempt of court and a probation violation.
The court sentenced Williams to a 10-day suspended jail term for contempt of court and to time already served for the probation violation, and it ordered Williams be placed on probation for six months.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros two charges for contempt of court and one for a probation violation during the hearing.