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South Boston man to serve 40 years for sex crimes

A 49-year-old South Boston man, Joe Cecil Cole, was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to 99-year prison terms for each of three sex charges.

The court sentenced Cole to a pair of 99-year terms for sodomy of a victim less than 13-years-old, with all suspended but 40 years.

The court also sentenced Cole to a suspended 99-year prison term for rape of a victim less than 13-years-old, a 20-year suspended term for aggravated sexual battery and a five-year suspended term for taking indecent liberties with a child.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Cole’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for life, and it ordered him placed on probation for five years following his release.

Cole entered Alford pleas Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to five sex-related crimes, including one for rape of a child.

Cole entered Alford pleas to two counts of felony sodomy of a child under the age of 13, and single counts of rape of a child under the age of 13, aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties in August.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

There was no agreement as to sentencing, with the defendant and commonwealth requesting the court to order a full presentence report as well as a psychosexual evaluation prior to formal sentencing.

Wayne Edward Hailey, 60, of Nathalie was convicted of multiple property crimes last Friday at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial in Halifax County Circuit Court.

A circuit court jury found Hailey guilty of four charges for entering property to interfere with the rights of the owner, four charges for misdemeanor trespassing and one charge each for larceny with intent to sell stolen property, destruction of personal property, statutory burglary with intent to commit larceny and grand larceny.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros four charges against the defendant for related property crimes, and the court dismissed three breaking and entering charges against Hailey.

The jury recommended 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for each trespassing charge; three months in jail and a 500 fine for each charge for entering property to interfere with the rights of the owner; and a 12-month jail term and a $1,000 fine for larceny with intent to sell stolen property, destruction of personal property, statutory burglary with intent to commit larceny and grand larceny.

Formal sentencing in the case was continued to a future court date.

 James Fletcher Jones, 53, of Nathalie had 19 related property crime charges against him nol prossed last week upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included three for entering a property to interfere with the rights of the owner; four for trespassing; four for entering a structure to commit larceny; five for larceny with intent to sell stolen property; and one each for destruction of personal property, statutory burglary and grand larceny.

 Steve Walter Walker, 48, of Nathalie had 19 charges against him nol prossed last week upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Charges nol prossed included three for entering a property to interfere with the rights of the owner; four for trespassing; four for entering a structure to commit larceny; five for larceny with intent to sell stolen property; and one each for destruction of personal property, statutory burglary and grand larceny.

 Sharona Monique Bruce, 34, of South Boston was convicted Monday of three charges, including misdemeanors for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and driving without a license and a felony for grand larceny from Walmart.

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

 April Ambrose Craighead, 30, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for enhanced petty larceny, with all but 40 days suspended and with credit for time serve.

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

In addition, the court ordered Craighead not to go to Walmart.

 Justin Johnson Hamlett, 30, of Halifax had his first offender status revoked Monday for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, with the court subsequently convicting Hamlett of that charge.

Hamlett also pleaded no contest to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance during the trial in May 2012.

The court granted the defendant first offender status for the drug possession charge, finding evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but withholding its finding of guilt and continuing the case for one year.

 Curtis Jermaine Hill, 29, of Hanover was convicted Monday of a violation of his good behavior provisions as ordered by the court.

The court revoked 120 days of Hill’s previously suspended prison sentence for the violation.

 Willie Matthew Kirby, 44, of Halifax was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with all but one year and seven months suspended, for enhanced petty larceny from Food Lion.

The court also sentenced Kirby to a five-year suspended sentence for failing to return rental property to Colortyme.

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

In addition, the court ordered Kirby to pay $394.18 restitution to Colortyme and $26.35 restitution to Food Lion.

 Gary Leon Mabins, 43, of Nathalie was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, for a subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Mabins’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, further ordering the defendant to undergo substance abuse counseling.

 Shirley Terry Majors, 50, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with all but one year and six months suspended, for felony shoplifting from Farmers Foods.

The court also sentenced Majors to a five-year suspended prison term for felony shoplifting from Walmart.

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

Additionally, the court ordered Majors not to return to Walmart and Farmers Foods.

 Glen David Palmer, 48, of Halifax was sentenced Monday to five years in prison each for three marijuana distribution charges.

The court suspended all but 12 months in jail for the defendant, conditioned on his good behavior for five years, and it ordered Palmer placed on probation for one year following his release.

The court additionally ordered work release for Palmer and ordered him to pay $540 restitution to Virginia State Police.

 Timothy Brad Puryear, 31, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 90 days of Puryear’s previously suspended prison sentence, ordering the defendant to serve that time concurrently with other time already received.

 Brittney Leanne Rivera, 38, of Danville pleaded no contest Monday to a probation violation.

The court revoked Rivera’s previously suspended prison sentence for the violation but re-suspended any new jail time to that already served.

 Sherman Maurice Roberts, 32, of South Boston saw the court take under advisement for 12 months three misdemeanor charges against him, including driving on a revoked license, forgery of a public record and identity theft.

The court ordered Roberts to undergo random drug tests during that time.

 Mckenzie Adam Stevens, 23, of Virgilina was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, with all but one year, 11 months suspended for the attempted malicious wounding of Emily Garnet Martin.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Stevens’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years upon his release.

The court stipulated if a one-year inpatient drug program is available the defendant would be allowed to complete 11 months in jail and one year in that program.

 Christopher Lee Walker, 40, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a pair of charges for contempt of court, suspending all time but that already served for the first charge and revoking the defendant’s previously suspended prison sentence for the second charge, with any new jail time re-suspended.

The court dismissed another charge against Walker during the trial for a probation violation.

 Kimber Leigh Crenshaw, 22, of South Boston pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanor assault and battery.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case 12 months.

 Michael Anthony Green Jr., 21, of South Boston pleaded no contest last week to misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case 12 months.

 Charlie David Hendricks, 56, of South Boston was convicted last week of a misdemeanor charge for driving after having been declared an habitual offender.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against the defendant for a misdemeanor first offense of DWI/drugs.

The court sentenced the defendant to 12 months in jail, with all but 60 days suspended, 10 days of which is the mandatory minimum.

The court authorized weekend jail service for Hendricks.

 Jeremy Antwain Hutcherson, 32, of South Boston was convicted last week of a probation violation.

The court revoked 30 days of Hutcherson’s previously suspended prison sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Kelvin Jermaine Lester, 38, of South Boston had the court find evidence sufficient last week to convict him of a probation violation.

The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued the case to a later court date.

 Lenard Nathan Miller, 31, of Nathalie had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed without prejudice last week.

 Ella Yvonne Tuck, 45, of South Boston was convicted last week of a charge for tampering with a meter, in a misdemeanor appeal case. 

The court sentenced Tuck to a 12-month suspended jail sentence, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered her to pay $883.21 restitution.