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First offender status granted

A 30-year-old South Boston man, Nathaniel Gronwy Owen, pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to possession of Oxycodone.

The court granted the defendant first offender status for the drug charge, finding evidence sufficient for a conviction but deferring disposition of the case. 

Among provisions of the first offender program, the court placed Owen under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, and it ordered him to abstain from illegal drugs and to submit to random drug tests.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Owen during the trial for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

 

Other court cases

Robert Lee Martin, 53, of Virgilina was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, with all but one year and eight months suspended, for enhanced petty larceny from Walmart.

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

The court additionally ordered Martin to pay $149.70 to Walmart within 30 days and not to ever go to Walmart or to consume alcohol.

 Ashley Elizabeth Bowers, 38, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of Oxycodone.

The court granted the defendant first offender status for the drug charge, finding evidence sufficient for a conviction but deferring disposition of the case. 

Among provisions of the first offender program, the court placed Bowers under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, and it ordered her to abstain from illegal drugs and submit to random drug tests.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant during the trial, one for conspiracy to distribute a schedule I/II controlled substance.

 Glenn David Palmer, 48, of Halifax was convicted Thursday of three counts for distribution of greater than one-half ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros three similar charges against the defendant during the trial.

Sentencing for Palmer was continued to a date in the November court term.

 Robert Caroll Wilkerson, 45, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to a violation of his court-ordered good behavior provisions.

The court revoked 30 days of Wilkerson’s previously suspended prison sentence for the violation. 

 John Michael Chappell, 43, of Vernon Hill had a charge against him for perjury nol prossed Thursday upon a motion by the commonwealth.