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Lake Gaston break-ins result in time served for N.C. man

SoVaNow.com / August 01, 2018
Clarence Thompson of Hollister, N.C. was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in prison with all time suspended, other than five months previously served for his role in a string of burglaries in the Lake Gaston area during the summer of 2016.

Thompson, who was 18 at the time of the crimes, were implicated in several break-ins along with James Robinson, then 17, of Norlina, N.C.; Kameron Hargrove, then 17, also of Norlina; Donte Robinson, then 18, of Warrenton, N.C.; and Gemarious Hardy, then 18, of Hollister.

Food, electronics and jewelry were stolen from the homes that were struck by the burglars.

Thompson entered a plea of no contest to three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of grand larceny at his trial on April 20. Nine other charges — including three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of grand larceny and three counts of receipt of stolen property — were dismissed by the prosecution.

That same day, April 20, Thompson was released from jail on bond, pending his sentencing hearing.

In Mecklenburg County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash told Judge Leslie Osborn that he reached a sentencing agreement with Thompson’s lawyer, James Maloney of Richmond, which was consistent with the punishments imposed on Thompson’s co-defendants. Nash asked the judge to sentence Thompson to 10 years in prison on each of six felony counts, with the entire time suspended but for the five months Thompson spent in prison before his trial.

Under the agreement, Thompson will be required to pay $2,600 in court costs within seven days of Tuesday’s sentencing, and he is jointly liable for paying the $13,964 in restitution to the victims. He also will be on supervised probation for one year and required to maintain good behavior for the next 60 years, and begin making $50 minimum monthly restitution payments to the court beginning Sept. 1.

Maloney, speaking for his client, said Thompson “was not raised this way” by his grandmother and that he’d “learned a great deal” during his five-month stint in prison. He added that Thompson was aware that he’d made wrong choice in the past and promised to turn his life around.

Before learning of his sentence, Thompson apologized to his victims and to the court for his crimes.

Osborn accepted the sentencing agreement but also ordered Thompson to submit to a DNA test and undergo substance abuse counseling if ordered by the probation department. Thompson was ordered to have no further contact with the victims.

In other crime news, Richard Ray Evans, 53, of Chase City was arrested on charges of assault and battery against a family member, following a complaint by the female victim. Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Patty Mills arrested Evans upon the completion of her investigation and brought him before the Magistrate at Meherrin River Regional Jail. Evans was then released on a secured bond, but only after being served with a protective order.

Break-in 
investigated in Chase City

Deputy Jennifer DeSantis investigated a breaking and entering in the 1900 block of Country Club Drive in Chase City this week. According to the victim, several pieces of gold jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, watches, and a pinky ring were removed from the home sometime between July 23 and 26. During her investigation, DeSantis found forced entry into the house through a window.

A homeowner living in the 200 block of Beachwood Drive in the Tanglewood Shores subdivision in Bracey reported the theft of a 2003 green EZGO golf cart. Deputy Calvin Jackson discovered during his investigation that someone cut the chain used to secure the cart.

Also, Jackson stopped James Morris, 34 of Kenbridge after he was seen swerving left to right while driving on Ogburn Street in South Hill. Jackson had Morris perform a field sobriety test, after which he was arrested.

At the same time, Deputy Natasha Brown, while helping Jackson, arrested the passenger Timothy Hankley, 18, of Kenbridge for public drunkenness and underage possession of alcohol. Morris was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond, but Hankley was remanded to jail.

That same day, Deputy Jamie Thomas was running a vehicle check on US Highway 1 when Dhaakin Barnes, 23, of Raleigh, N.C. pulled up to the checkpoint. As Thomas was speaking with Barnes, he said he detected an odor associated with marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of Barnes and the vehicle, Thomas recovered marijuana. Barnes was issued a summons for possession of marijuana.

His passenger, Quaheen Pamplin, 24, of Chase City was also served with a summons for possession of marijuana. Upon checking Pamplin’s ID, Thomas found that Pamplin was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Virginia Beach. He was taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail, but later released on a $2,500 secured bond.

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