Joshua Samuel Evans

Joshua Samuel Evans

An Alton man, Joshua Samuel Evans, will serve an effective two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony child abuse and five other sex charges in Halifax County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Evans to a total of 15 years in prison, with all but two years suspended for the charges.

Evans was arrested on on July 3, 2018 for object sexual penetration. The alleged incident occurred on July 1, 2018. 

He also was arrested on Jan. 25 on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of sexual battery. The alleged incidents also occurred July 1, 2018.

The indictment was amended against Evans to reflect five counts of sexual battery and felony child abuse.

White sentenced Evans to 12 month suspended prison terms for each of the five sexual battery charges.

The court also ordered Evans to undergo a psychological evaluation, be placed on three years probation after his release and be on house arrest for six months.

• Keith Lionel Traynham of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Thursday under a plea agreement to an amended charge after being arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license.

White found Traynham guilty, and sentencing was continued until Nov. 15.

• Melanie Denise Breedlove of Lynchburg had eight years and six months of a previous sentence revoked with all but three years re-suspended on Thursday due to a violation of community service conditions and a violation of good behavior requirements.

The court extended her probation for two years and ordered her to be on good behavior for 10 years.

• Mandy Shelton had a charge for violating her probation dismissed in circuit court on Thursday.

• Chaterias Lajuan Harris had a charge of failure to appear in court dismissed in circuit court on Thursday.

• Tyrik Tavon Harris of Vernon Hill was ordered to pay $2,072.75 restitution to Michael Scott Palmer after facing a charge of unlawful wounding in circuit court on Thursday.

Court ordered restitution to be paid in the amount of $200 a month beginning Nov. 15, and to be paid in full by Oct. 10, 2020.

• Donte Ray Terry pleaded guilty in a plea agreement in circuit court on Thursday for a charge of providing a false statement.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Terry was ordered to remain on good behavior for 12 months and perform 24 hours of community service.

• Dante Jamaal White of South Boston pleaded guilty in circuit court on Thursday to charges of possession of a gun while in possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a weapon, being a nonviolent felon in possession of a firearm, eluding or disregarding a police officer’s command, reckless driving/speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving/having improper brakes and driving while under the influence, first offense.

White was charged on March 17 following a chase that began on Bill Tuck Highway in front of the Clarion Hotel in the town of South Boston and ended when the rental Ford Fusion crashed at the intersection of North Fork Church Road and Wilson Road in Virgilina, according to South Boston authorities.

According to police, seized from the vehicle following the crash were suspected drugs including cocaine, methamphetamines, heroine and marijuana along with a large sum of cash.

• Jamila Mandisa White of Halifax pleaded not guilty in circuit court on Friday but was found guilty at trial of charges of malicious wounding and reckless driving/endangering life, limb or property.

The court ordered White to have no contact with the victim but was allowed to remain on bond.

• Curtis Dewey Cash of Virgilina pleaded no contest under a written plea agreement in circuit court on Friday for a charge of possession of a controlled substance and pleaded guilty to having a concealed weapon – brass knuckles.

White sentenced Cash to 12 months in jail with all time suspended on the condition that he remain on good behavior for 12 months.

He also forfeited his brass knuckles to the commonwealth.

w James Douglas Coles of Vernon Hill was sentenced in circuit court on Friday to five years in jail with all but one year suspended for charges of driving while under the influence.

He also was sentenced to three years in jail with all but one year suspended for a charge of driving with a revoked license.

Judge White also ordered Coles to remain on good behavior for 10 years and placed him on two years probation upon his release.

The court also ordered Coles to refrain from alcohol, undergo substance abuse counseling and evaluation and had his operator’s license suspended indefinitely.

• Chevelle Crowder of South Boston had two charges of violating good behavior conditions and two charges of failure to appear in court dismissed in circuit court on Friday.

• Clifton Jermal Davis of Virgilina pleaded guilty in circuit court on Friday to two charges of distributing a Schedule I or II substance for sell for profit. Judge White sentenced him to 10 years in jail with all time suspended except for one month for one of the charges.

He was sentenced to 10 years with all time suspended for the second charge.

It also was ordered that Davis remain on probation for two years upon his release and to remain on good behavior for 20 years.

His operator’s license also was suspended for 12 months.

• Ricky Dean Elliott of Virgilina was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail with all but one month suspended for a charge of malicious wounding.

Judge White ordered Elliott to remain on good behavior for 12 months and to pay $9,335.92 restitution jointly and severally with Zachary Adam Elliott by Nov. 1, 2021 paying at least $200 a month.

• Zachary Adam Elliott of Virgilina was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail with all but one month suspended for a charge of malicious wounding.

Judge White also ordered him to remain on good behavior for 12 months and to pay $9,335.92 restitution jointly and severally with Ricky Dean Elliott by Nov. 1, 2021 paying at least $200 a month.

• Kevin Monroe Murray of South Boston had his sentence revoked Friday with all time re-suspended but time served for a charge of violating a good behavior provision.

The court ordered all terms and conditions to remain the same.

He also had another charge for violating his probation continued.

• Lucus Markee Witcher pleaded guilty in circuit court on Friday to a charge of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm.

Sentencing was continued until January.

• Tabitha Nicole Gomes of Halifax pleaded guilty in circuit court on Friday to providing a false statement and gun possession.

Under a plea agreement, White sentenced Gomes to five years in prison with all time suspended on the condition Gomes remains on good behavior for five years and will be on probation for 12 months.