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Abduction charge ends with plea of no contest

A 23-year-old Scottsburg man entered a no contest plea Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to seven charges, including abduction.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Anthony Dechad Smith entered a plea of no contest and stipulated to the sufficiency of commonwealth evidence on felonies for abduction, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and maliciously shooting into an occupied building, in addition to misdemeanors for reckless handling of a firearm, brandishing a firearm, assault and battery and destruction of personal property.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the commonwealth and the defendant agreed disposition of the case would be deferred for a period of two years, with the defendant agreeing to be of good behavior, submit to random drug screens, complete an anger management course, pay restitution to his victim, complete 100 hours of community service, maintain employment and not possess a firearm.

Should Smith comply with all
conditions, the plea agreement calls for the court to convict him of misdemeanor destruction of property and brandishing a firearm, with a suspended 12-month sentence for each, conditioned on his good behavior for 24 months.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the assault and battery charge would be dismissed if Smith complied with all court-ordered conditions, with all other charges nol prossed upon a motion by the commonwealth.

Should Smith fail to comply with any of the court-ordered conditions, all charges would be adjudicated and the defendant found guilty, with a pre-sentence report ordered, at which time there would be no agreement with regard to sentencing.

Smith would face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison if he violates the terms of the plea agreement.

 

Other court

Steven Jerome Grace, 45, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros two other charges against the defendant during the trial, one for possession of a weapon/ammunition as a convicted felon and pointing or brandishing a firearm.

The court sentenced Grace to a five-year suspended prison sentence conditioned on his good behavior for five years, and it ordered Grace placed on probation for two years.

 Cory Tremaine Lewis, 25, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny from Michael Ray Davis.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, two other charges against the defendant were nol prossed, one for breaking and entering and the other for destruction of personal property.

The court sentenced Lewis to a 10-year suspended prison term for grand larceny, conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for one year but with no restitution ordered.

 Tammy Carswell McGinnis, 41, of Ringgold was convicted Thursday of a first offense of DWI, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

The court sentenced McGinnis to a 12-month suspended jail term and ordered her to pay a $250 fine and enter and complete VASAP.

The court additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for McGinnis for six months.