A 53-year-old Halifax man, James Arthur Gooch, will serve an effective five years in prison for a felony firearms charge after pleading guilty to that and five other charges in Halifax County Circuit Court on Friday.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Gooch pleaded guilty to felonies for possession of a firearm as a violent felon, felony possession of a weapon or ammunition, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled substance.

Gooch also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Judge S. Anderson Nelson sentenced Gooch to five years in prison for possession of a firearm as a violent felon, the mandatory minimum, and he sentenced Gooch to five-year suspended prison terms for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled substance.

Nelson sentenced Gooch to a two-year suspended prison term for felony possession of a weapon or ammunition, to a 12-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and ordered Good to pay a $200 fine for possession of marijuana.

Nelson ordered the suspended portion of Gooch’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 20 years, beginning immediately, he ordered Gooch to be placed on probation for two years upon his release, and he ordered the defendant to pay court costs in full within seven years.

In addition, Nelson ordered Gooch’s operator’s license to be suspended for 18 months.

Gooch was arrested after officers with the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force served a search warrant in March at Gooch’s Halifax residence on Wild Turkey Run that yielded the seizure of six firearms, ammunition, U. S. currency, suspected cocaine and suspected marijuana, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.

The Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force is comprised of members of the Virginia State Police, South Boston Police Department and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Other court cases

• James Ernest Edmonds, 39, of Wylliesburg pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge for possession of a controlled substance, heroin.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Edmonds to a five-year suspended prison term conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

White also ordered Edmonds placed on probation for two years upon his release, ordered him to pay court costs in full within 10 years and ordered his operator’s license to be suspended for six months.

• Nathaniel Gronwy Owen, 37, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possessing a firearm as a convicted non-violent felon.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Nelson sentenced Owen to five years in prison, with all but two years suspended (mandatory minimum) with all suspended time conditioned on Owen’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

Nelson also ordered Owen to be placed on probation for two years upon his release.

• Kevin Dale Beadles Jr., 31, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Friday to distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Nelson sentenced Beadles to five years in prison with all but 45 days suspended conditioned on Beadles’ good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

Nelson ordered Beadles to be placed on probation for two years upon his release, undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment, remain drug and alcohol free and undergo random drug screens.

In addition, Nelson ordered Beadles to pay a $200 fine and pay $30 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund, ordered a restricted operator’s license for six months and to pay court costs in full within two years with the first payment due within 30 days.

• Nathan E. Coleman, 68, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Friday to distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Nelson sentenced Coleman to a five-year suspended prison term, conditioned on Coleman’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and he ordered Coleman placed on probation for two years upon his release.

Nelson ordered Coleman’s operator’s license be suspended for six months, ordered him to pay court costs in full within five years, ordered him to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment as determined, ordered him to remain drug and alcohol free and ordered him to submit to random drug screens.

• Jennifer Lynn Francisco, 37, of Nathalie had her previous sentence for a pair of felony shoplifting charges suspended on Thursday upon her entry and completion of drug court.

In November, Francisco pleaded no contest to the shoplifting charges with White sentencing the defendant to two years and six months in jail for each charge with all but six months suspended on one of the charges.

White also revoked six months for a probation violation but continued disposition of the case for review until Thursday.

• Khalik Javonte Moore, 22, of Halifax had a charge against him of possession of cocaine dismissed on Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

• Wendell Devon Williams, 38, of South Boston had a charge against him of a probation violation dismissed on Thursday upon full payment of restitution.

• Jarvis Maurice Hankins, 53, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for eluding police and misdemeanor charges for a subsequent offense of DWI within five years, driving after forfeiting his operator’s license and refusing a breath/blood test.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, White sentenced Hankins to five years in prison for the felony, with all but five months suspended, and she sentenced the defendant to 12 months in jail for the DWI offense with all but one month suspended (20 days mandatory minimum) and a $1,000 fine with $500 suspended.

White sentenced Hankins to 12-month suspended jail terms for driving with a forfeited license and refusing a breath/blood test, and she ordered his operator’s license to be suspended for 12 months for three of the charges.

White ordered the suspended portion of Hankins’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for eight years, ordered him placed on probation for one year upon his release, ordered him to pay $50 to the Trauma Fund and ordered him to complete VASAP.

• Savannah Hahnel, 43, of Boydton was convicted on Friday of three felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.

Nelson ordered Hahnel to remain drug and alcohol free and continued sentencing in the case to a date in the March court term.

• Stephanie Michelle Snead, 29, of Halifax pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of heroin.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Nelson sentenced Snead to five years in prison with all but 45 days suspended conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately.

Nelson ordered the defendant to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment as needed, remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug screens.

Nelson ordered Snead to pay court costs in full within two years, with the first payment due within 30 days of her release, and he ordered her operator’s license to be suspended for six months.

In another case, Snead accepted a lower court decision sentencing her to 12 months in jail for a seventh offense of driving on a suspended operator’s license with seven months and 20 days suspended, 10 days of which are mandatory.

Nelson placed Snead on probation for 24 months and suspended her operator’s license for 90 days on that conviction.

• Danielle Dowell, 26, of Chatham had a charge against her of grand larceny dismissed following a bench trial on Friday.

Dowell pleaded not guilty to the charge when being arraigned before the trial.

• Miguel Antonio Orellana, 23, of South Boston pleaded no contest Friday to possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Nelson continued disposition of the case for one year offering Orellana first offender status and placing the defendant under supervision of HPCS for one year, ordering Orellana to pay court costs in full within one year and granting a restricted operator’s license for six months.

• Blake Edward Bass, 36, of Ringgold was convicted of a felony for breaking and entering and a misdemeanor for destruction of property, following a bench trial.

Bass pleaded not guilty to both charges when arraigned.

White revoked Bass’ prior bond and continued sentencing for the defendant to a date in the December court term.

• Rebecca Ann Lowery, 55, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge for misdemeanor assault and battery.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, White sentenced Lowery to 12 months in jail with all but 12 days suspended conditioned on Lowery’s good behavior for 24 months, beginning immediately.

White authorized Lowery to serve her sentence every other weekend.

• Charlise Sims Kirby, 31, of Halifax pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for fourth offense of DWI and a misdemeanor charge for driving on a forfeited license.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a misdemeanor charge of failing to surrender her motor vehicle registration was nol prossed.

Nelson sentenced Kirby to five years in prison for a fourth offense of DWI with all but eight months and 15 days suspended (six months mandatory minimum), and he sentenced her to a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor.

Nelson ordered the suspended portion of Kirby’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for six years, beginning immediately. He ordered her placed on probation for one year upon her release, and he ordered her to enter and complete VASAP.

In addition, Nelson ordered Kirby to pay $1,000 to the Trauma Center Fund, undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment, remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug screens.

Nelson ordered Kirby to pay court costs in full within three years and suspended her operator’s license indefinitely for the felony and 12 months for the misdemeanor.

• Quintin David Brown, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted Friday of a probation violation.

Nelson revoked one year and six months of Brown’s previously suspended jail term for the violation with one year to run concurrently with a current sentence conditioned on Brown’s good behavior for five years, beginning immediately.

Nelson ordered Brown to be placed on probation for two years following his release, undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment, remain drug and alcohol free and to submit to random drug screens.

• Jesse Wayne Davis, 26, of South Boston pleaded no contest Friday to a felony charge for possession of cocaine.

Nelson continued disposition of the case for 12 months offering first offender status to the defendant and placing him under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services while ordering him to perform 100 hours of community service and pay court costs in full within 12 months.

Nelson also authorized a restricted operator’s license for Davis for six months.

• Lora Lee Snead, 26, of Randolph pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Nelson sentenced Snead to five years in prison with all but two months suspended, conditioned on Snead’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and he ordered her placed on probation for two years following her release.

Nelson ordered Snead to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment as needed, remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug screens.

Nelson also ordered Snead to pay court costs in full within three years and suspended her operator’s license for six months.

• Garrick Jerome Fallen, 37, of South Boston had his previously suspended jail term for non-compliance with VASAP revoked on Friday,

Nelson re-suspended all three years with Fallen required to complete VASAP as previously ordered.

• Adam Tune Devin, 22, of Wylliesburg was convicted Friday of a misdemeanor for a first offense of DWI in a deferred disposition case.

Nelson sentenced Devin to a six-month suspended jail term conditioned on Devin’s good behavior for one year, beginning immediately, and he ordered the defendant to perform 50 hours of community service and complete VASAP.

Nelson additionally ordered a restricted operator’s license for Devin for 12 months, six of those with ignition interlock, and he ordered the defendant to pay a $500 fine, with $250 suspended.