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Alton man pleads guilty to rape charge / August 12, 2019

An Alton man was found guilty of rape, assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor at his trial Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Roger Clayton Martin Jr. entered Alford pleas of guilt to the charges as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to amend the rape charge to reflect that no force was involved in the act. The court is scheduled to hand down a punishment for Martin on Oct. 3, after a presentence report is completed for the court.

The alleged offenses took place April 21, 2018. Martin lived at Denniston Road at the time of his arrest.

Also Thursday in Circuit Court, Christopher Alan Loftis of South Boston was given two years and two months in prison for committing a larceny at a Buckshoal Road business in the Virgilina area on Jan. 22.

Loftis pleaded guilty to three counts — petty larceny, possession of burglary tools and illegal entry of property — and was given a total sentence of 11 years, with all but 26 months suspended. The petty larceny charge, third offense, was reduced from the original count of grand larceny. Both are felonies.

Loftis also agreed to make $200 restitution to the victim, serve one year of supervised probation upon his release from prison, and remain on good behavior for 15 years.


» Scotland Brewer Ford was found guilty of distributing marijuana and given a five-year suspended sentence;

» Holden Luke Dunman was given a six-month active jail term after pleading guilty to three counts of drug distribution. His total sentence, most of which was suspended by the court, is 30 years.

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