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South Boston Town Council moved decisively to impose a 10 cent-per-pack tax on cigarette purchases in town by voting 4-1 in favor of the levy Monday night.

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Ellington gets 15 years behind bars for rape, sodomy

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Ellington / March 29, 2018

A Halifax man will serve more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to multiple crimes including rape, sodomy, abduction and strangulation.

Jason Dean Ellington entered an Alford plea of guilt to the charges in Halifax County Circuit Court one day before he was set to stand trial on five felony offenses. As part of a plea agreement, Ellington will receive an overall active sentence of 15 years and five months in prison.

He was charged with rape, sodomy, object sexual penetration by force, abduction, strangulation resulting in injury and damaging a phone line to prevent a 911 call. The latter charge is a misdemeanor.

His case had been scheduled to go to a jury over three days this week in Halifax.

On the rape conviction, Ellington was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but 15 years suspended. The attack took place on July 24, 2016.

He received identical 20-year prison terms, each time with all but 15 years suspended, on the sodomy and object sexual penetration charges. The remainder of his active sentence stemmed from the other felony charges.

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