A 33-year-old Clover man, Richard Anthony Jones, will serve a total of two months and 10 days in jail for three driving-related charges, as ordered by Judge Kimberley S. White following a bench trial in Halifax County Circuit Court on Monday.
Jones pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge for forgery of a public record and a misdemeanor charge for identity theft prior to a bench trial, where the defendant also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for driving on a revoked operator’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
White dismissed the charge against Jones for forgery of a public record and convicted him of the charges for identity theft, driving on a revoked license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
White sentenced the defendant to three months in jail for identity theft, with all but two months suspended, and 30 days in jail for driving on a revoked license, with all but 10 days suspended (mandatory minimum).
White ordered the suspended portion of Jones’ sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, placed him on probation through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services and ordered him to submit to substance abuse counseling.
White also ordered Jones to perform 100 hours of community service and authorized work release or weekend jail service.
White fined Jones $250 for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and ordered his operator’s license suspended for 90 days.
Other court cases
• A 31-year-old South Boston man, Steven R. Bartee, pleaded guilty Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a felony charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and misdemeanor charges for possession of controlled drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Bartee during the hearing for petty larceny, with White continuing sentencing for Bartee to a date in the February court term.
• Kenneth Eugene Taber, 40, of Axton pleaded no contest Monday to a probation violation.
White revoked 12 months of Taber’s previously suspended jail term, extended the defendant’s probation for an additional three years upon his release and ordered him to pay court costs in full within two years.
• David Wendell Ragland, 70, of South Boston had a misdemeanor charge against him for cruelty to animals dismissed Monday following a bench trial.
Ragland had pleaded not guilty to the charge prior to the trial.
• Charles Terry Ballowe II, 32, of Rustburg was convicted Monday of a felony shoplifting charge.
White continued sentencing for Ballowe to a date in the February court term.
• Clinton Reid Dennis, 38, of Clarksville had a sentence originally imposed in November suspended on Monday, pending the defendant’s completion of drug court.
White ordered Dennis to report to the drug court office immediately upon his release from incarceration.
White has revoked one year of Dennis’ previously suspended jail term on Nov. 7 for a probation violation.
• Cherri Hicks, 57, of Nathalie pleaded no contest Monday to a pair of drug possession charges, while the commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against the defendant for possession of a controlled substance.
White withheld her finding of guilt for one year, offering first offender status to Hicks and ordering her operator’s license suspended for 12 months.