A 45-year-old Amherst man, John Hunter Alexander, will serve two years and six months in prison for charges stemming from a police chase starting in Roxboro, North Carolina, and ending in South Boston on Jan. 2, 2018.
Alexander was charged with not reporting an accident resulting in felony hit-and-run resulting in more than $1,000 in property damage, felony eluding police and misdemeanor reckless driving stemming from a high-speed police chase that ended on Wilborn Avenue in South Boston shortly before noon on Jan. 2, 2018.
Judge S. Anderson Nelson sentenced Alexander to 10 years in prison for felony hit-and-run, with all but two years and six months suspended, he sentenced Alexander to a five-year suspended term for eluding police, and he sentenced the defendant to a 12-month suspended jail term for reckless driving.
Nelson ordered the suspended portion of Alexander’s sentence be conditioned on the defendants’ good behavior for 15 years, ordered him placed on probation for two years and ordered him to pay restitution within five years.
Alexander led police on a pursuit that began in Person County, North Carolina, and continued along Highway 501 into South Boston on Jan. 2, 2018.
According to Virginia State Trooper D. T. Spencer, the pursuit of the suspect, who was driving a black 2006 Ford Expedition, began in Person County, North Carolina, and when he crossed the Virginia state line, Virginia State Police and Halifax County deputies joined in the pursuit.
Alexander traveled north into Virginia at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, before striking spikes set up by county sheriff’s deputies at the intersection of Highway 501 and East Hyco Road, with the Ford Expedition driven by Alexander then crashing into Spencer’s Virginia State Police cruiser before continuing with two flat tires down Riverdale Hill through the Highway 501-58 intersection.
The suspect then continued through Riverdale going up one-way Main Street the wrong way until he crashed into an unoccupied parked 1999 Honda CRV near 530 Wilborn Avenue. The impact caused the Honda to be pushed into an unoccupied and parked 2003 Cadillac CTS that was then pushed into a fire hydrant belonging to Halifax County Service Authority.
Alexander then exited his vehicle and led Spencer on a short foot pursuit before being apprehended.
All four vehicles involved in the incident were deemed a total loss with Smith estimating damage to the Ford Expedition belonging to Melissa Ann Lawhorn of Rustburg at $7,000.
He also estimated damage to the Honda belonging to William Dean Watts at $6,000, damage to the 2013 Ford Taurus Virginia State Police cruiser at $5,000 and damage to the Cadillac belonging to Haislip Dental Lab Inc. of South Boston at $7,000.
Also on Friday, Nelson ordered Alexander to undergo substance abuse screening and evaluation, remain drug and alcohol free, undergo mental health counseling and pay restitution in full within five years, with restitution beginning within 30 days of Alexander’s release.
In addition, Nelson ordered Alexander to have no contact with his victims.
• Edward Allen Greene Jr., 49, of Crewe, entered an Alford plea Monday to a felony charge for eluding police.
Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.
Under terms of the Alford plea agreement, the commonwealth moved to nol pros two charges against the defendant, one for misdemeanor reckless driving and the other for driving on a suspended operator’s license.
Judge Leslie M. Osborn sentenced Greene to a five-year suspended prison term for eluding police, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, and he ordered Greene placed on probation for one year, both beginning immediately.
Osborn ordered Greene to pay court costs within 12 months and suspended the defendant’s operator’s license for six months.
• Jason Jermont Bouie, 33, of South Boston had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed on Monday upon payment in full of restitution.
• Abenes Maurice Yancey, 49, of Alton was convicted Friday of four firearm and drug-related charges after entering into a plea agreement with the commonwealth.
Yancey was convicted of one charge for possession of cocaine, one charge for possession of a firearm while possessing cocaine, possession of a firearm as a violent felon and possession of a weapon or ammunition as a convicted felon.
Subsequent to the plea agreement, Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Yancey to five years in prison for the two drug charges and for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, with all time suspended but five years for the firearm possession charge.
White also sentenced Yancey to a two-year suspended prison term for possession of a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon, conditioned on Yancey’s good behavior for 20 years, and she ordered Yancey be placed on probation for two years upon his release,
White ordered Yancey receive credit for time served and suspended his operator’s license for six months.
In another case, White convicted Yancey of a probation violation, revoking the defendant’s previously suspended jail term for the violation but re-suspending all but six months, conditioned on Yancey’s good behavior for 10 years.
• James Herbert Moorefield III, 38, of Scottsburg will serve an effective 12 months in jail for grand larceny after a sentencing hearing on Friday.
White sentenced Moorefield to five-year suspended prison terms for felony shoplifting and subsequent larceny charges, both felonies, and she sentenced the defendant to five years in prison for grand larceny, with all but 12 months suspended.
The court ordered the suspended portion of Moorefield’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years, ordered him placed on probation for two years and ordered him to pay $248 restitution to Walmart and $15 restitution to Short Stop at a rate of $50 per month, with restitution due in full by May 1, 2020.
White ordered work release for Moorefield, ordered him to undergo anger management and ordered him to be drug and alcohol free, with random drug screens ordered for the defendant.
In another case, White convicted Moorefield of a probation violation, revoking his previously suspended jail term for the violation but re-suspending any additional jail time.
w David Matthew Owen, 33, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of cocaine.
White took the case under advisement until Oct. 1, 2020, ordering Owen to perform 100 hours of community service, suspending his operator’s license for 12 months and ordering him to pay court costs in full by Oct. 1, 2020.
The court also ordered Owen to remain drug and alcohol free, undergo substance evaluation and testing and to seek and maintain employment.
• Tariq Lamar Sydnor, 21, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, White sentenced Sydnor to five years in prison for the felony, with all time suspended to that already served, and she sentenced the defendant to a 12-month suspended jail term for petty larceny.
White ordered the suspended portion of Sydnor’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for six years and ordered him to be placed on probation for one year.
White also ordered Sydnor to pay $350 restitution at a rate of $100 per month, with all restitution due by Feb. 1, 2020, and she ordered Sydnor to pay court costs in full.
• Justin Robert Shotwell, 33, of South Boston was convicted Friday of a probation violation.
Nelson revoked 16 years and 16 months of Shotwell’s previously suspended jail term and re-suspended all but nine months in jail, conditioned on Shotwell’s good behavior for 20 years.
Nelson ordered Shotwell be placed on probation for two years, remain drug and alcohol free, undergo substance abuse and drug screenings and evaluations and complete a drug treatment program, in addition to ordering the defendant to pay court costs in full within 18 months.
• Travis James Owen pleaded no contest Friday to a charge for driving after having a revoked license for a DWI conviction.
Owen entered his no contest plea subsequent to a plea agreement with the commonwealth.
White continued sentencing in the case to a date in the October 2020 court term.
• Diondre Coleman was convicted Friday of a charge for carrying a concealed weapon in a misdemeanor appeal case, following a bench trial.
Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charge prior to the trial.
White sentenced Coleman to a 12-months suspended jail term, conditioned on Coleman’s good behavior for 12 months and with credit for time served.