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Vernon Hill man pleads guilty to receiving stolen property

A 31-year old Vernon Hill man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court to one felony charge of receiving stolen property and a probation violation, according to court records.

John David Newcomb entered a guilty plea of unlawfully receiving property having a value of less than $200 that belonged to Ellen and Patrick McCormick.

Under the terms of the plea that the commonwealth’s attorney had amended from a felony to a misdemeanor, Newcomb was sentenced to 12 months in jail with all time suspended on good behavior. He also is ordered to have no contact with the victims or go on their property. 

Newcomb also was found guilty of violating his probation and was resuspended all but 60 days under the same conditions as previously ordered.

In other court cases

Muray Druvell Sanford, 43, of Halifax pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of knowingly failing to register as a sex offender. 

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the court sentenced Sanford to five years in prison with all time suspended other than time already served. 

The court ordered the suspended portion of Sanford’s sentence to include one year of active suspended probation conditioned on 10 years of good behavior.

 Anthony Taft Vaden, 36, of Nathalie pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of public record forgery. 

The court set a pretrial date for Nov. 27.

 Melanie C. Breedlove, 26, of Phenix pleaded guilty Tuesday to contempt of court.

The court sentenced Breedlove to 10 days in prison with all time suspended.

 Keith Onslow Painter, 47, of Hillsboro, N.C. had two charges of probation violation dismissed Tuesday.