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SoBo man pleads to firearms charges

A 21-year-old South Boston man, Marcus Tyler Hughes, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to five firearms and drug-related charges.

Hughes pleaded guilty to four separate counts for selling or giving a firearm to an individual who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, and he also pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Hughes will be sentenced to an active term of incarceration within the bounds of his sentencing guidelines, and he will be sentenced in a joint sentencing event with other matters that are pending sentencing.

The plea agreement also calls for Hughes to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center alternative sentencing programs.

Sentencing for Hughes was continued to a date in the current court term.

 

Other court cases

Galvin Lee Omar Coleman, 21, of Nathalie was convicted Tuesday of felonies for breaking and entering the dwelling of Annie Hicks, grand larceny and a misdemeanor for destruction of personal property belonging to Hicks.

The court dismissed another charge against Coleman during the trial for a first offense of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Sentencing for Coleman was continued to a date in the current court term.

 Kenneth Wayne Nagle, 53, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Tuesday to four felonies, all for forgery of a public record.

The court dismissed nine misdemeanor charges against the defendant during the trial, two for using a false identity in addition to seven driving related offenses.

Those included offenses for a safety belt violation, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, having no valid inspection sticker, driving with an illegal license plate or decal, having no valid registration and speeding 40/25 MPH zone.

 Scun Kym Jones, 25, of Halifax had a charge against him for stealing property with a value greater than $5 (pickpocket) dismissed on Tuesday.

 Reginald Donnelle Scott, 25, of South Boston had two misdemeanor charges against him dismissed on Tuesday in a deferred disposition hearing, one for possession of marijuana and one for an alcohol violation. 

Scott pleaded guilty last year to possession of marijuana.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict the defendant of the drug possession charge but withheld its finding of guilt, granting the defendant first offender status and continuing the case one year.

The court placed the defendant under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordered him to abstain from illegal drugs and ordered him to submit to random drug tests.

 Lorenza Wilbur Bailey, 51, of South Boston had a charge against him for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute dismissed on Monday.

 Jerry Wayne Conner, 28, of Alton was convicted Monday of two charges, including contempt of court and a probation violation. 

The court sentenced Conner to 10 days in jail for contempt of court and continued sentencing for the probation violation to a date in the November court term to allow the defendant to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center alternative sentencing programs.