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Man sentenced to year in prison on drug count / July 15, 2019

A Vernon Hill man will serve a year in prison after being found guilty of felony drug possession Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Larry William Berkley pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and violating the terms of his parole as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, drawing a five-year prison term. However, presiding Judge Leslie Osborn suspended all but one year of Berkley’s sentence for the drug offense, leaving one year to spend behind bars. Berkley is due back in court in August for sentencing on the separate charge of violating his parole.

A third count against him, a misdemeanor offense of indecent exposure, was dismissed by the court.

Also Thursday, Matthew Shane Thomason was ordered to serve 12 months in jail for manufacturing a controlled substance. His total sentence was 10 years, but Judge Osborn suspended all but 12 months on the condition of Thomason’s good behavior for 15 years, two years of supervised probation, and undergoing substance abuse treatment.

Dominic Coles Powell pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and received a five-year prison sentence, with all active time suspended on the condition that he be of good behavior for five years and completes a year of probation.

Also last week, a Halifax County grand jury returned criminal indictments against the following suspects. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but rather a determination by the grand jury that evidence is sufficient to bring cases to trial:

» Samantha Michelle Terry, 25, was indicted on three charges: possession of heroin, possession of Fentanyl and possession of drug paraphernalia.

» Scotland Brewer Ford, 31, was indicted on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

» Damien Scott Hartlove, 21, was indicted on a felony charge of eluding police.

» Donna Mullins Wright, 51, was indicted on four charges: felony vehicle hit-and-run, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath or blood testing, and driving without a valid operator’s license.

» Calvin Bernard Wyche Jr., 34, was indicted on six charges, including failing to heed a police signal to pull his vehicle over, driving under the influence, refusing a blood or breath test, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

» LaMitchell Damar Allen, 20, was indicted on charges of felony possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

» Patricia Powell Bagby, 60, was indicted on a felony charge of stealing goods from Walmart valued at less than $500, after previously been convicted of larceny on two or more occasions.

» Jennifer Lynn Francisco was also indicted for felony theft from Walmart, following two or more prior larceny convictions.

» Tiffany Amber Boyter, 18, was indicted on a felony charge of theft.

» Deaundray Ontario Martin, 26, was indicted on a felony charge of drug possession.

» Tyler Ray Rankin, 22, was indicted on two counts, for possession of Methadone and misdemeanor theft of items from Walmart.

» Tariq Lamar Sydnor, 21, was indicted on a charge of breaking into a dwelling during daytime with intent to commit larceny or assault and battery. He was also charged with misdemeanor property theft.

» Tommy Ray Shotwell, 36, was indicted on a felony charge of stealing merchandise from Tractor Supply after previously being convicted two or more times of larceny.

» Melody Michell Dunn, 29, was indicted on two charges, of felony credit card theft and misdemeanor credit card fraud.

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