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Sentences meted out in Halifax County Circuit Court

SoVaNow.com / December 03, 2018
A South Boston man was sentenced this week to two years in prison after he was convicted in September of a drug possession charge.

Vantrice Lamont Polk was arrested in April for an offense dating back to July 2017. On Thursday, he was given a total prison sentence of 10 years, with eight years suspended. Along with the two-year active prison term, Polk was ordered to be on good behavior for 10 years, undergo substance abuse evaluation and serve two years’ probation concurrent with his jail term. He will receive credit for time served.

Also Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court, April Michelle Riddle of South Boston was found guilty of eight charges of selling Schedule I/II drugs for profit. She pled guilty to the charges and the prosecution dropped four other charges. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

In other court this week:

» Steven Richard Bartee of South Boston was given two additional years of active prison time after pleading guilty to violating probation on a felony offense. Bartee previously had been convicted of grand larceny, selling stolen property and entering a structure to commit assault and battery. The parole revocation covers two years of a 17 year, four month sentence. The balance of his prison term remains suspended.

» Russell James Hediger of Halifax pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault of a family member and received an active jail sentence of three months, of a total term of 12 months. The rest was suspended by the court.

» Christopher Moser of Alton received a month in jail for manufacturing a controlled substance. His total sentence is five years, with all but one month suspended.

» Marvin Otis Thomas Jr. of Vernon Hill was sentenced to an active term of 16 months in jail after being convicted of two charges — receiving or buying stolen goods, and driving with a revoked license, second offense. A felony weapons charge against him was dismissed.

» Stephen Andrew Cullinane of Oxford, N.C. pleaded guilty to malicious assault and was sentenced to an active term of one year in prison, with the remainder of his five year term suspended on the condition of completing two years of probation after his release. The assault took place July 7. Cullinane also received an additional month in jail on a separate misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order.

» Joseph C. Whittington of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to grand larceny, for a May offense. He is set to be sentenced on Dec. 13.


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