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Guilty plea in officer assault

Kenneth William Mack Sr., a 45-year-old Durham, N.C., resident, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to felony assault on a law enforcement officer and three other charges related to a traffic stop in Halifax on May 10, 2012.

Mack pleaded guilty to three felonies, including a single charge for the assault of law enforcement officers S. M. Comer and W. R. Wilmouth, possession of cocaine and depriving a law enforcement officer of a stun gun.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for resisting arrest.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, four other charges against Mack were nol prossed, including those for escaping custody by force and three misdemeanors for possession of marijuana, a first offense of DWI and destruction of property. 

The court dismissed another charge against the defendant for a violation of his pre-trial conditions for release.

The court sentenced Mack to five years in prison for each of the three felonies, with all but six months for assault on a law enforcement officer and all but eight months for resisting arrest suspended.

The court ordered the suspended portions of Mack’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years on each charge, to run concurrently and pay $800 restitution for the full benefit of Halifax Police Department within 12 months of his release.

In addition, the court ordered Mack to be placed on probation for one year following his release and suspended his operator’s license for six months.

 

Other court cases

Denise Daniel Webster, 53, of South Boston pleaded guilty last Friday to two charges for possession of ocycodone; two charges for possession of morphine; and two charges for possessing with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, three similar charges against the defendant were nol prossed.

The court sentenced Webster to three years in prison for each conviction, with all time suspended conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years.

The court ordered Webster placed on probation for one year, pay $320 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI fund within 12 months and pay court costs within three years.

The court additionally ordered Webster’s operator’s license be suspended for six months on each drug charge.

 Charles Edward Claiborne, 51, of South Boston was convicted last Friday of two charges, including possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and brandishing a firearm.

Claiborne is free on bond pending sentencing set for a date in the March court term.

 Roger Leslie Harris, 53, of Nathalie pleaded guilty last Friday to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and theft of a firearm from Luke McGuire, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Harris was remanded to custody to await sentencing set for a date in the March court term.

 Linda Gail Matzke, 57, of South Boston entered an Alford plea last Friday to a felony charge for assaulting law enforcement officer Ray M. Conner III.

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 Alford plea agreement, the court found evidence to convict Matzke of the charge but withheld its finding of guilt for 12 months, ordering the defendant to remain under care of mental health, take medications and provide documentation of medical visits.

The court stipulated it would dismiss the charge if Matzke complied with court-ordered conditions.

 Sandy Satterfield, 36, of Halifax had two drug-related charges against her nol prossed last Friday.

The commonwealth moved to nol pross one charge against Satterfield for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and acetominophen, and it moved to nol pros another charge against her for distribution of oxycodone and acetominophen.

 Herman Radford Trent Jr., 53, of South Boston pleaded no contest last Friday to five charges for misdemeanor embezzlement from Colortyme.

The court sentenced Trent to 12 months in jail for each charge, with all time suspended, conditioned on Trent’s good behavior for five years.

The court ordered Trent to pay $1,722.55 restitution to Colortyme and perform 100 hours of community service within 12 months.

 Lavell Deonta Tucker, 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty last Friday to a single charge for cocaine distribution.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Tucker to a three-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years. 

The court additionally ordered Tucker to pay $175 restitution and ordered a restricted operator’s license for the defendant for six months.