A 36-year-old Roxboro, North Carolina, man was convicted Friday of charges for possession of methamphetamine and possession of amphetamine following a bench trial in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Matthew Thomas Bray had entered not guilty pleas to both charges when being arraigned prior to the trial.

Judge Kimberley S. White overruled a defense motion to strike prosecution evidence against Bray before finding him guilty, continuing sentencing in the case to a date in the June court term.

Other court cases

• Garland K. Johnson, 55, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.

White sentenced Johnson to five years in prison, with all but one year and six months suspended, for the cocaine charge and to a 12-month suspended term for the marijuana charge, with all suspended time conditioned on Johnson’s good behavior for 10 years.

White ordered Johnson to be placed on probation for one year and ordered the case be continued to a date in the June court term in order for Johnson to be evaluated for drug court.

• Jessica Ann Moorefield, 31, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Friday to a charge for possession of a controlled substance.

White found evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but withheld her finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case to a date in the June court term.

White suspended Moorefield’s operator’s license for six months and ordered her to pay court costs in full by a date in the June court term.

• Christopher David Newman, 31, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance.

White found evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but withheld her finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case to a date in the June 2020 court term, suspending Newman’s operator’s license for six months and ordering him to pay court costs in full by a date in the June 2020 court term.

• John Scott Ellis, 69, of Halifax pleaded no contest Friday to a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance.

White found evidence sufficient for a guilty finding but withheld her finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case for 12 months, with White placing Ellis under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services for 12 months.

White ordered Ellis to pay court costs in full within one year, ordered a restricted operator’s license for Ellis for six months and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

White did not require Ellis to seek and maintain employment.

• Christopher Wilson Strange, 33, of Clover pleaded no contest Friday to a probation violation.

White revoked Strange’s previously suspended jail term for the violation but re-suspended any additional jail time, ordering the defendant to be placed on probation for one year, undergo substance abuse counseling and make restitution payments of at least $100 on the 15th of each month.

• Nitaya Bennett Jones, 36, of Brown’s Summit, North Carolina, was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, for misdemeanor embezzlement from Laurie Miller of Cloverdale Farms.

White ordered the suspended portion of Jones’ sentence be conditioned on Jones’ good behavior for 24 months, authorized weekend jail service and placed Jones under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services for 24 months.

White also ordered Jones to pay $500 restitution due Friday.

• William Bradford Harris, 27, of Charlotte Courthouse was convicted Friday of a probation violation.

White revoked 10 months of Harris’ previously suspended jail term for the violation, extending his probation for two years and ordering him to enter into a substance abuse program.