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South Boston man gets jail time on drug charges / June 18, 2018

A South Boston man will spend nearly four years behind bars after pleading guilty to four drug distribution charges Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Devonta Q. Mitchell received a total prison sentence of 18 years on the four counts, but all time was suspended with three of the charges. With the fourth charge, distributing a Schedule I/II drug, Mitchell received a five-year sentence, with one year and three months of that time suspended.

Mitchell was arrested March 8 for crimes dating back to February. Upon his release from jail, he will have to undergo two years of supervised probation, including random drug screening, and remain on good behavior for 15 years.

He also was ordered by the court to pay $240 to the Virginia State Police investigation fund.

In another drug-related case, Stephanie Brooke Smith of Clover pleaded guilty to five charges and received a 32-year prison sentence, with all but five months suspended. Smith was charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; she was given credit for time already served in jail, Smith was arrested in August 2017 for offenses dating to May 2017.

She was ordered to pay fines of $1,700 and undergo supervised probation for two years after her release from jail.

Danielle Nicole Yeates of Halifax was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended, for possession of a controlled substance. She will be required to undergo two years of supervised probation and remain on good behavior for 10 years.

After pleading not guilty to larceny of a firearm and three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, Thomas Franklin Hammock of Halifax was convicted on all four charges Friday in Circuit Court. His punishment will be determined at an Aug. 16 sentencing hearing.

Samantha Dawn Osborne of South Boston will serve six months behind bars after being found guilty of nine charges of forgery and uttering and obtaining money by false pretenses. Her cumulative sentence is 15 years, but the court suspended all time except for six months on one of the fraud charges. She was placed under supervised probation for two years and ordered to stay on good behavior for 15 years. She will have to pay $300 in restitution within 60 days of her release from jail.

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