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Virgilina man pleads to money crimes

A 36-year-old Virgilina man, Jason Levar Skipper, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to 20 forgery-related charges.

Skipper pleaded guilty to 13 counts of forgery, six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of attempting to obtain money by false pretenses.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, 20 additional charges against the defendant were nol prossed, 13 for forgery, six for attempt/obtaining money by false pretenses and one for larceny of checks.

Under terms of the agreement, the commonwealth stipulated it would cap the total active portion of Skipper’s sentence they are seeking for all charges at no more than four years and one month in prison.

Skipper owes restitution in the amount of $2,548 to Benchmark Community Bank and $500 to John’s Check Cashing, to be paid in full through the circuit clerk’s office within two years of release from incarceration, according to court records.

Any restitution would be owed jointly and severally, the plea agreement stated.

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


Other court cases

Johnny Owen Clay, 22, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle belonging to Mary Forester, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

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

 Sherman Maurice Roberts, 31, of South Boston was convicted Tuesday of three driving-related offenses, two misdemeanors for driving on a revoked operator’s license and identity theft, and one felony for forgery of a public record.

Another charge against the defendant for a misdemeanor first offense of DWI was dismissed during the trial.

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

 Joseph Clifton Whittington, 47, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was convicted Tuesday of a driving offense for having defective equipment in a deferred disposition case.

The defendant pleaded no contest in June to speeding 73/55 MPH, with the court withholding its finding of guilt and continuing disposition of the case to allow Whittington to complete a driver improvement course. 

The court ordered Whittington to pay a $108 fine in addition to court costs.