- Last Updated on 08:00 AM 12/24/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A 33-year-old South Boston man, Dominic Rodriquez King, pleaded guilty recently in Halifax County Circuit Court to five felonies, three for cocaine distribution and one each for child abuse and possession of cocaine.
King also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, additional charges against King for cocaine distribution and child abuse were nol prossed, upon a motion by the commonwealth.
Sentencing for King was continued to a date in the March court term.
Other Court Cases
• Patrick Elliott Scarbrough, 33, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Friday to a felony charge for eluding police and misdemeanor charges for reckless driving, driving without a valid operator’s license and possession of marijuana.
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.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, another charge against the defendant for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance was nol prossed.
The court sentenced Scarbrough to five years in prison for eluding police, with all but one year and two months suspended; a 12-month suspended sentence for reckless driving; a six-month suspended sentence for driving without a valid operator’s license; and a 30-day suspended sentence for marijuana possession.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Scarbrough’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for six months following his release.
In addition, the court ordered Scarbrough’s operator’s license be suspended for a total of six months and 90 days.
• Donnie Wayne Bowman, 57, of Lexington, N.C., pleaded no contest Friday to a probation violation.
The court revoked 60 days of Bowman’s previously suspended prison sentence.
• Robert Aaron Garner, 57, of Ringgold had a charge against him for failing to appear in court dismissed on Friday.
• Gary Leon Mabins, 43, of Nathalie had two charges against him for contempt of court dismissed on Friday.
• Nicholas John Morasco, 32, of Roxboro, N.C., was convicted recently of two charges for distribution of Oxycodone and one for distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, Buprenorphine.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros two other charges against the defendant during the trial for distribution of Oxycodone and distribution of Buprenorphine.
Sentencing for Morasco was continued to a date in the March court term.
• Ronnie Dean Newbill Sr., 51, of South Boston pleaded guilty recently to two charges for distributing a controlled substance and one charge for a probation violation.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, three other charges against the defendant were nol prossed, all for distribution of a controlled substance.
Sentencing for Newbill was continued to a date in the March court term.
• Ronnie Lee Majors, 46, of South Boston had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed recently, upon full payment of restitution, in a review case.
• Elijah Jarrod Porter, 41, of South Boston was convicted last week of a cocaine distribution charge and also of a charge for a probation violation.
The court sentenced Porter to 10 years in prison for the drug distribution charge, with all but four years suspended, conditioned on Porter’s good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years.
The court additionally ordered Porter to abstain from illegal drugs, submit to random drug tests, and pay $50 restitution to Virginia State Police.
In addition, the court suspended the defendant’s operator’s license for six months.
Regarding the probation violation, the court revoked Porter’s previously suspended prison sentence for that violation but ordered no new jail time.
• Rufus Randolph Thaxton, 58, of South Boston was convicted last week of a probation violation.
The court revoked Thaxton’s previously suspended prison sentence and ordered no new jail time, but it ordered the defendant to continue paying court costs at a rate of $150 per month beginning in January.
• Seneca Cocheyse West, 28, of South Boston had a charge against her for misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member dismissed last week in a review case.
• Howard Anderson Yancey, 43, of Virgilina was convicted last week of a probation violation.
The court revoked Yancey’s previously suspended prison sentence but re-suspended any new jail time, and it ordered him to pay $100 toward restitution in January and $75 per month thereafter.
• Angela Darlene Cash, 29, of South Boston had a show cause charge against her for a probation violation dismissed last week.
• Mardale Lavene Coleman, 26, of South Boston had a charge against him for misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member dismissed recently, in a review case.
• Nathaniel Freeman-Gayles, 43, of South Boston had a charge against him for distribution of an imitation Schedule III/IV/V controlled substance nol prossed last week upon a motion by the commonwealth.
• John Joseph Hamberger, 43, of Chatham was convicted last week of a charge for failing to pay restitution as ordered by the court.
The court revoked Hamberger’s previously suspended prison sentence but re-suspended any additional jail time, ordering the defendant to pay restitution at a rate of $50 per month beginning this month and each month thereafter.
• Matthew Hubbard Jr., 54, of South Boston had charges against him for a probation violation and contempt of court dismissed last week.
• Harold Logan, 69, of Halifax had three charges against him dismissed last week in a deferred disposition case, two for brandishing a firearm, and one for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
• Willie Anderson Cullop, 52, of Long Island was convicted by a Halifax County Circuit Court jury last week of an amended indictment for a subsequent offense of operating a motor vehicle, or self-propelled machinery or equipment on the highway after having been judged an habitual offender.
The court had found the defendant guilty of contempt of court one day earlier, sentencing him to 10 days in jail, with all but two suspended.
Cullop was remanded to custody to serve his two-day sentence for contempt of court, with sentencing on the driving charge continued to a date in the March court term.
• Stephanie Denise Boyd, 31, of Nathalie was convicted recently of a felony for forging a public record and misdemeanors for driving with a revoked operator’s license and identity theft.
Sentencing for Boyd was continued to a date in the March court term.
• Charles Lindburg Wiley II, 40, of Halifax withdrew his misdemeanor appeal and was convicted recently of a second offense of DWI.
The court sentenced Wiley to 12 months in jail, with 11 months and 10 days suspended, it ordered him to pay a $500 fine, and it suspended his operator’s license for three years.
• Lacorey Beard, 31, of South Boston had a charge against him for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon dismissed recently in a review case.