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Lennon convicted of assault charge / June 24, 2019

Kory Lennon of Nathalie, one of two suspects charged in the May 27 slaying of a Cluster Springs 5-year-old, was convicted of an unrelated assault charge this week in Halifax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Lennon, 22, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member in an incident dating back to April. After finding the defendant guilty, Judge Robert Morrison imposed a 12-month jail sentence, with all but 11 months suspended.

Lennon was already incarcerated in Halifax and remains in jail awaiting trial for second degree murder in the death of Christian Sydnor. He also has been charged with felony child neglect in connection with the incident.

The child’s mother, Tonja Lashay Sydnor, 31, also has been charged with second degree murder in the killing. Christian Sydnor died at the local hospital after being transported from the family trailer home on Old Cluster Springs Road with severe injuries. The state medical examiner ruled that the child died of blunt force trauma injuries to the head.

In the aftermath of Christian Sydnor’s death, Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant of the trailer home and seized evidence that includes a blue metal rod and brown leather belt.

With the outcome of the misdemeanor assault trial Tuesday in Halifax, Lennon was ordered by the judge not to step foot on a property on Arthur Ware Trail, South Boston and to pay $114 in fines.

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