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South Boston man pleads to drug distribution

A 34-year-old South Boston man, Junior Willie Williams Jr., pleaded guilty last week in Halifax County Circuit Court to a pair of second or subsequent cocaine distribution charges.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Williams also pleaded guilty to a charge for marijuana distribution and one for a probation violation.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros two drug distribution conspiracy charges against the defendant.

The court sentenced Williams to 15 years in prison for each of the cocaine distribution charges, with all but five years suspended, and it sentenced him to a five-year suspended prison term for marijuana distribution, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for life.

The court also ordered Williams placed on probation for five years upon his release and to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and undergo drug counseling, in addition to suspending his operator’s license for 24 months.

In addition, the court revoked Williams’ previously suspended sentence for the probation violation but re-suspended any new jail time for that offense.

 

Other court cases

Timothy Thor Austin Jr. of South Boston pleaded guilty last week to the attempted possession of a firearm by a violent felon, grand larceny of a firearm, felony destruction of personal property and petty larceny.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Austin to five years in prison for attempted possession of a firearm by a violent felon, with all but two years suspended, and with credit for time served; a 20-year suspended term for grand larceny, a five-year suspended term for felony destruction of personal property and a 12-month suspended term for petty larceny.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Austin’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.

Additionally, the court ordered Austin to pay $850 restitution to Paul Mabe Sr. at a minimum of $50 each month to commence immediately upon Austin’s release.

 Jeffrey Fuller Barnett, 45, of Clover was convicted last week of a misdemeanor for driving in a manner to show reckless disregard for life, limb and property of another.

The court sentenced Barnett to 12 months in jail, with all but 30 days suspended, with credit for time served, conditioned on his good behavior for 12 months.

The court also ordered Barnett to pay court costs within 12 months.

 Carlos Blake Claiborne, 31, of Clarksville pleaded no contest last week to a pair of felony charges for obtaining money under false pretenses.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Claiborne of the charges but withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case six months, ordering the defendant to pay $100 per month toward a total of $1,007.63 in restitution, jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case.

  Ebony Tionna Cherel Ogburn, 23, of Clarksville pleaded no contest last week to a pair of felony charges for obtaining money under false pretenses.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Ogburn of the charges but withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case six months, ordering the defendant to pay $100 per month toward a total of $1,007.63 in restitution, both jointly and severally with a co-defendant in the case.

 Charles Anthony Ratliff, 53, of Halifax was convicted last week of a misdemeanor charge for failing to appear in court.

The court sentenced the defendant to a 10-day suspended jail term for the offense.

 Jane Ellen Stollar, 39, of South Boston had a charge against her for a probation violation dismissed last week.

 Rita Renee Terry, 25, of South Boston was convicted last week of a violation of her good behavior provisions as ordered by the court.

The court revoked 90 days of Terry’s previously suspended sentence, with credit for time served.

 Nicole Dawn Totherow, 21, of Alton had her first offender status revoked and was convicted last week of two charges for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and a first offender alcohol violation in a review case.

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

 Vienvenu Koungoe Mouafo, 51, of Potomac, Md., was convicted last week of speeding 75/55 MPH zone in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court ordered Mouafo to pay a $500 fine and court costs for the violation.

 Dick Melvin Walker Jr., 45, of Halifax was convicted last week of grand larceny from Walmart.

The court sentenced Walker to a five-year suspended sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for six months.

 Michael Lee Willis-Rockett, 23, of Scottsburg was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court sentenced Willis-Rockett to 12 months in jail for the violation, with all time suspended to that already served, and it extended his probationary period for one year. 

 Amy Elliott Zimmerman, 47, of Virgilina had charges against her for a probation violation and contempt of court dismissed last week.