- Last Updated on 07:35 AM 09/16/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A pair of Nathalie men arrested in connection to a number of offenses related to a home invasion Jan. 5 on L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway were convicted Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court of 10 robbery, firearm and larceny charges.
Twenty-four-year-old Eric Lamont Canada and 30-year-old Brooks Deshaun Boyd were both convicted of four counts of robbery with a firearm, burglary of a dwelling while armed with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary while armed with a deadly weapon.
The convictions stem from a home invasion that occurred in the 9000 Block of L.P. Bailey Highway in the early morning hours of Jan. 5, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour, who prosecuted the case.
Canada and Boyd were waiting outside of the house where a card game was taking place, when two of the occupants exited to check on their vehicles.
The first victim saw two individuals dressed in dark clothing, wearing ski masks and each carrying a shotgun. The two individuals were later identified as Canada and Boyd.
The first victim ran and escaped. The second individual was stopped by Canada and Boyd, who threatened to shoot the second victim if they were not allowed entry into the home, Freshour continued.
Eventually, Canada and Boyd kicked in the door and held the occupants of the home at gunpoint while taking money, cell phones and other items from the four individuals.
The owner of the house was able to dial 911 and alert authorities, and officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department and Town of Halifax responded.
After a several-hour search, Canada and Boyd were apprehended by Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies several miles away from the house.
During the apprehension, the sheriff’s department recovered the two firearms used in the home invasion as well as several of the items taken during the robberies.
A third individual, who was acting as a getaway driver for Canada and Boyd, also was apprehended by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department. His trial is set at a future date.
During the trial, the court dismissed charges of robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, use of a firearm in abduction and grand larceny, according to Freshour.
The commonwealth dropped two counts of robbery prior to the trial because witnesses amended their original statements to law enforcement leaving the commonwealth with insufficient evidence to prove the two counts of robbery.
Canada and Boyd are being held in jail pending sentencing.
Other Court Cases
• Shamoni Deshaz Faulkner, 28, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to seven counts for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, an additional charge against the defendant for conspiring to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance was nol prossed.
The court sentenced Faulkner to five years in prison for each of the convictions, with all suspended but two years and nine months.
The court ordered the suspended portions of Faulkner’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years and ordered him placed on probation for two years following his release.
The court additionally ordered Faulkner to pay $590 restitution to Virginia State Police.
• Clint Shores, 31, of Chase City pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges, including stealing property with a value greater than $5 (pick pocket) and petty larceny.
The court withheld its finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case to a date in the current court term in order to allow the defendant to make restitution to his victim.