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Halifax man sentenced for larceny, firearm charges

A 22-year-old Halifax man, Marcus Tyler Hughes, was sentenced Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court for larceny, firearms, breaking and entering and drug charges.

The court sentenced Hughes to 10 years in prison, with all but three years and six months suspended, for grand larceny, and 10-year suspended sentences for three breaking and entering convictions.

The court sentenced Hughes to five-year suspended prison terms for four separate counts of selling or giving a firearm to an individual who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, and to 12-month suspended jail terms for two counts of petty larceny and one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Hughes’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court ordered Hughes to pay a total of $4,219.74 restitution, including $500 to Claudette Duffer, $250 to Edward Meeler and $200 to Virginia State Police, and it ordered the defendant not to go to the residences of or contact Duffer or Meeler.

In another matter, the court convicted Hughes of a probation violation but continued sentencing for that offense to a date in a future court term.

 

Other court cases

Marlon Lee Williams Jr., 30, of Halifax was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, for distribution of cocaine, and to a 10-year suspended prison term for distributing imitation cocaine, with credit for time served.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Williams’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and it placed him on probation for one year, also beginning immediately.

The court additionally suspended Williams’ operator’s license for 12 months, ordered him to complete the detention and diversion center programs and pay $60 restitution to Virginia State Police.

 Bernie Blanding Jr., 54, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Blanding’s previously suspended prison sentence but ordered no new jail time, ordering Blanding to successfully complete nine months of probation and make restitution payments of $40 per month beginning in March.

 Shameka Hamlett Chisholm, 27, of Halifax was convicted Thursday of a felony charge for obtaining a credit card from Janie Looney without the owner’s consent, and four misdemeanors for credit card fraud in a deferred disposition case.

The court sentenced Chisholm to a five-year suspended prison sentence for the felony, conditioned on Chisholm’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered her placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Chisholm to pay $128.53 restitution within 30 days.

 Galvin Lee Omar Coleman, 21, of Nathalie was sentenced Tuesday to 10-year suspended sentences for grand larceny and breaking and entering the dwelling of Annie Hicks.

The court also sentenced Coleman to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor destruction of personal property belonging to Hicks.

The court ordered Coleman’s suspended sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

In addition, the court ordered Coleman to pay $1,039 restitution to Annie Hicks and have no contact with her unless requested in writing by Hicks.

 Maurice Anton Davis, 32, of Midlothian was convicted Tuesday of four counts of felony embezzlement in a review case.

Davis is free on bond until sentencing set for the March court term.

 Dwayne Edward Long, 38, of South Boston, was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked 10 days of Long’s previously suspended prison sentence, with weekend jail service authorized.

 Shelton Jovan O’Briant, 37, of Halifax was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, with all but two suspended for possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon, and it sentenced him to a five-year suspended prison term for possession of ammunition as a convicted felon, with credit for time served.

The court ordered the suspended portion of O’Briant’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court ordered the defendant receive credit for time served, ordered him not to possess weapons or illegal drugs, take prescribed medication and, upon release, submit to outpatient mental health treatment.

 Leandru Javon Toney, 26, of Danville was convicted Tuesday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Toney’s previously suspended prison sentence and re-suspended any additional jail time, placing the defendant on probation for one year and ordering him to submit to random drug tests and abstain from illegal drugs.

 Michael Lee Totherow, 24, of Alton pleaded no contest Tuesday to a probation violation.

The court revoked Totherow’s previously suspended sentence, and it re-suspended all but one weekend in jail.

 Charles Junior Cousins, 51, of Halifax was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor for driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

The court sentenced Cousins to 12 months in jail, 10 days of which is the minimum mandatory, with credit for time served and with work release ordered for the defendant.

 Arielle Laquita Johnson, 23, of South Boston was convicted after a bench trial last Monday of a single felony charge for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros a misdemeanor charge against the defendant for possession with intent to distribute marijuana earlier in the proceeding, and the court dismissed a felony marijuana distribution charge against Johnson during the trial.

Johnson is free on bond until sentencing set for a date in the March court term.

 Oscar Herman Johnson Jr., 64, of South Boston pleaded no contest last Monday to the unlawful wounding of Sharonda Fields Smith.

The court sentenced Johnson to five years in prison, with all but one year and six months suspended, conditioned on his good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

The court additionally ordered Johnson to receive credit for time served.

 Brittney Nicole Poole, 22, of Chatham had three separate charges against her for contempt of court dismissed last Monday.

 Robert Lee Simmons, 26, of Chase City had the court take under advisement for 12 months two charges against him for writing bad checks.

The court ordered Simmons to pay court costs in full by March 1, 2014.

 Steven Lee Brooks, 31, of South Boston was sentenced Tuesday to a five-year suspended prison sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.

The court ordered the suspended sentence be conditioned on Brooks’ good behavior for five years and ordered him placed on probation for one year.

 Harry Phillip Womack, 31, of Nathalie had a charge against him for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon dismissed last Friday after a bench trial.

The commonwealth had moved to nol pros three misdemeanor charges against the defendant earlier in the day, including those for assault and battery, destruction of personal property and brandishing a firearm.

 James Edward Woody, 61, of Halifax was convicted last Friday of a second or subsequent offense of driving after having been declared a habitual offender.

The court sentenced Woody to five years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, and it ordered Woody be placed on probation for one year following his release.

 James Edward Wyatt, 26, of South Boston entered Alford pleas last Friday to a felony for assault and battery of a family member and a misdemeanor for assault and battery.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Wyatt during the trial for wounding by strangulation.

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 sentenced Wyatt to 10 years in prison, with all but three years, six months suspended for the felony and a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Wyatt’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release. 

The court ordered Wyatt receive credit for time served and have no contact with his victim unless his victim makes a written request to have contact.