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No contest plea entered in deadly wreck

A 23-year-old Nathalie man entered a plea of no contest last Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to failing to stop at the scene of an accident last year that resulted in the death of another Nathalie resident.

Anthony Aaron Beadles entered the plea during a bench trial after initially pleading not guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident on July 18, 2012 that resulted in the death of 61-year-old Randy Blake Anderson.

Virginia State Trooper D. T. Spencer reported the two-vehicle wreck occurred at 12:55 a.m. that day when a motorcycle operated by Anderson was struck in the rear by a sedan operated by Beadles.

Anderson was attempting to make a right-hand turn from State Route 626 (Clarkton Road) onto State Route 644 (Stoney Ridge Road), according to Spencer, who reported Anderson was thrown from his motorcycle following the collision before landing in a grassy area alongside the road.

Anderson was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead later that morning, the state trooper added.

Sentencing for Beadles was continued to a date in the January court term in order for the defendant to be evaluated for the Detention and Diversion Center programs.

Beadles is free on bond until sentencing.

Other court cases

Tina Renee Grim, 45, of Vernon Hill was convicted last week of one charge for the felony assault and battery of law enforcement officer Thomas Logan and three charges for misdemeanor assault and battery, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Grim also stipulated she was in violation of her first offender status for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance as part of the plea agreement, with that status revoked.

The court sentenced Grim to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for the assault and battery of Logan, a five-year suspended sentence for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and 12-month suspended sentences for each of the three misdemeanor assault and battery convictions.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Grim’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years and ordered her placed on probation for one year.

Jennifer Nicole Collins, 33, of South Boston was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court revoked six months of Collins’ previously suspended prison sentence, ordered her placed on probation for three years and ordered her placed on good behavior for a period of five years.

In addition, the court ordered Collins to undergo substance abuse counseling and to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol.

Dakota Wayne Gray, 20, of Nathalie was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court revoked 10 years of Gray’s previously suspended prison sentence with five years re-suspended, placed him on a period of good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for five years.

In addition, the court ordered Gray to pay restitution within 12 months of his release.

Katie Marie Updike, 32, of South Boston was sentenced last week to a 10-year suspended prison term for embezzlement from Colortyme.

The court ordered the suspended sentence be conditioned on Updike’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and it ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court ordered the defendant to pay $1,160.28 restitution at a rate of $100 per month starting in December and every month thereafter.

Additionally, the court ordered the defendant to perform 300 hours of community service at a rate of 10 hours per week until restitution is paid in full, submit to drug and alcohol testing and treatment and to have no contact with Colortyme.

 Brancho Danquez White, 41, of South Boston was convicted last week of larceny from a person (Brandy R. Roberts).

Sentencing for White was continued to a date in the January court term.

 Shemeka Hamlett Chisholm, 27, of Halifax pleaded guilty last week to felony child neglect and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant for felony child neglect.

The court sentenced Chisholm to a five-year suspended prison term for the child neglect charge, conditioned on her good behavior for five years and ordered her placed on probation for two years.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Chisholm of the marijuana possession charge but withheld its finding of guilt but granted the defendant first offender status and continued disposition of that charge for one year.

 David Wayne Howerton, 37, of South Boston was convicted last week of the felony assault and battery of law enforcement officer T. H. Clarke.

Sentencing for Howerton was continued to a date in the January court term.

 Trisha Ann Langford, 37, of Clarksville pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor shoplifting from Walmart.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Langford of the charge but withheld its finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case until a date in the May court term. 

The court ordered Langford to complete a first offender shoplifting program, perform 24 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine, with $250 suspended.