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Danville man pleads to hunting offenses

A 30-year-old Danville man, William Ray Huffman, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to five illegal hunting related charges.

Huffman pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawfully shooting/taking game from a vehicle, hunting, trapping or fishing without a license and trespassing to hunt, fish or trap.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth moved to nol pros charges against the defendant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, discharging a firearm in or across a roadway and killing a deer by spotlight.

The court sentenced Huffman to five years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon with all but 12 months suspended and to a 12-month suspended jail term for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Huffman’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, ordered him placed on probation for one year upon his release and ordered him to pay court costs within 12 months of his release.

In addition, the court ordered the defendant to pay $100 fines for shooting/taking game from a vehicle, hunting, trapping or fishing without a license and trespassing to hunt, trap or fish.

Huffman also was ordered by the court to pay a $250 penalty to the Board of Inland Game and Fisheries.

The court authorized work release for Huffman if he is eligible. 

Other court cases

Brian Dale Phillips, 45, of Halifax was convicted Wednesday of a misdemeanor for public intoxication/swearing.

The court also found evidence sufficient to convict Phillips of felony assault on law enforcement officer Sam Edmonds, a Halifax County deputy, but withheld its finding of guilt and continued disposition of that charge for 12 months.

Phillips had pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment prior to the trial.

The court placed Phillips under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordered him to be of good behavior for 12 months, and it ordered him to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs. 

 Terrelle Marquis Davis, 26, of Clover pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for cocaine distribution.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Davis to five years in prison, with all but two years, three months suspended, conditioned on Davis’ good behavior for four years.

The court additionally ordered Davis placed on probation for two years, and it ordered him to abstain from and submit to random drug and alcohol tests. 

The court also suspended Davis’ operator’s license for six months and ordered him to pay $160 restitution to Virginia State Police.