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Brookneal pair sentenced in abduction

A Brookneal couple who were each convicted of parental abduction in May in Halifax County Circuit Court were sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served.

The court sentenced 42-year-old Eric Eugene Black and 35-year-old Jennifer Dawn Carwile to five-year prison terms for abducting their then 18-month old child in a November 2012 incident that prompted a Nationwide Amber Alert.

The couple had both entered pleas of no contest in May to one count of parental kidnapping.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros charges against the pair for breaking and entering during the trial.

Black and Carwile were charged in connection with an incident that began Nov. 15 when Department of Social Services in Campbell County issued custody papers for the infant, who was staying with a relative in Halifax County, according to authorities.

The Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court awarded custody of Alexis Rose Carwile to the county’s Department of Social Services, but the child’s parents refused to comply with the court order and abducted the child from a residence in Halifax County where she had been staying with a relative.

Her parents entered the home of the relative and took the child, prompting a nationwide Amber Alert to be issued.

A UPS driver on Interstate 95 in Virginia, after hearing of the Amber Alert, notified authorities when he identified the 1985 Nissan Maxima allegedly driven by Black as the vehicle in front of him on the interstate the next day, authorities said.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, Virginia State Police received a call from Chesterfield County police that led them to stop Black on Interstate 95 in Prince George County at mile marker 41.

He was alone in the vehicle and taken into custody without incident.

Authorities in Prince George’s County, acting on information from a family member, located and arrested Carwile without incident the following morning.

Alexis Carwile, who was with Jennifer Carwile, was taken into protective custody and turned over to social services. 

On Tuesday, the court ordered Black placed on probation for one year, and it ordered the suspended portion of Carwile’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for five years. 

The court ordered Carwile be placed on probation for six months.