A Halifax County Circuit Court jury found 48-year-old South Boston resident Jacqueline Lindsey-Williams guilty Thursday of a single felony count of violating a protective order.
“The charge was a single count of violating a protective order, third or subsequent offense. The subsequent nature of the offense made it a felony,” said Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin, adding that the defendant requested a jury trial.
The jury recommended a sentence of 12 months in jail for Lindsey-Williams, with Judge Kimberley S. White continuing sentencing to a date in the February court term.
Martin recounted facts surrounding the case and the charge against Lindsey-Williams.
“The defendant approached the victim at Wal-Mart and demanded to speak with her,” said Martin. “She did so after having assaulted the victim previously and after having violated protective orders issued for the same victim’s protection on three prior occasions.”
Lindsey-Williams had been convicted in 2017 of a violent assault and battery of the victim, according to the commonwealth’s attorney.
“As a result of that assault and other prior behavior, the General District Court of Halifax County had issued a series of protective orders starting in 2016 which ordered that the defendant ‘shall have no contact of any kind’ with the victim,” said Martin.
The last order was in force through November 2019, but the defendant repeatedly violated provisions of the protective order on three occasions, July 16, 2017, July 17, 2017 and Nov. 3, 2017, according to Martin.
“The defendant had been convicted on each of those three occasions of violating the protecting order in place at the time,” explained Martin.
“Against this backdrop, the defendant again approached the victim on April 15, 2018 and tried to engage her in heated conversation. On Thursday, the jury found the defendant guilty of violating the protective order and recommended an active sentence of 12 months.
“I am thankful to the members of the jury for their service to the community, in hearing this case and in rendering a fair and impartial verdict,” continued Martin. “I am also thankful to my able-bodied assistants Ian Beuckelaere and Will Hamilton who represented the interests of the commonwealth in this matter. Situations with long-standing arguments like this one tend to be fueled with a great deal of passion, and they can become dangerous very quickly. We take violations of protective orders seriously, and we are pleased that the jury did as well.”
Other court cases
• Quentin Eugene Tucker, 34, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Friday to a felony charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, felony possession of a weapon or ammunition (not a gun) and felony distribution of marijuana.
Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes defense evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.
White continued sentencing in the case to a date in the March court term.
Tucker was taken into custody without incident in January on a drug charge following execution of a search warrant in the Riverdale Hill area, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark.
Clark said members of the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence located at 1053 Springdale Drive in the Riverdale Hill area of South Boston.
Members of the task force and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office made entry without incident.
The search led to the seizure of approximately four pounds of suspected marijuana valued at $27,240, according to the sheriff.
Deputy Giles Jones transported Tucker to Halifax Adult Detention Center where he was taken before the magistrate and initially charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
The task force is comprised of officers from the Virginia State Police, South Boston Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.
• Michael Dean Marable Jr., 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for breaking and entering and misdemeanors for obtaining money under false pretenses and petty larceny, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, White dismissed a charge against Marable for failing to appear in court on a felony offense.
White sentenced Marable to 10 years in prison for breaking and entering with all but time served, and she sentenced the defendant to 12-month suspended jail terms for each misdemeanor conditioned on Marable’s good behavior for 10 years.
White ordered Marable to be placed on probation for two years, pay court costs in full within two years and ordered him to stay off the property of 421 Valley Drive in South Boston.
• John William Morgan, 44, of Pamplin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of felony embezzlement after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.
White withheld her finding of guilt and took the case under advisement for 12 months, ordering Morgan to be of good behavior for 12 months and ordering him to pay $1,359.29 restitution to Charlie McKinney in full by Friday.
White ordered Morgan’s charge to be reduced to a misdemeanor with a 12-month suspended jail term if the defendant complied with terms of the plea agreement, before continuing the case to Dec. 3.
• Tyler Ray Rankin, 23, of Staunton, had his first offender status for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance revoked on Friday in a deferred disposition case.
White subsequently convicted Rankin of the drug possession charge and continued the case to a date in the February court term.
White also dismissed a show cause/capias charge against Rankin on Friday.
In September, Rankin had a charge against him for felony possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance taken under advisement with Judge William Watson placing the defendant under first offender status.
• Kevin Monroe Murray, 44, of South Boston pleaded no contest Friday to a charge for enhanced petty larceny (third or more offense).
White continued sentencing for Murray to a date in the March court term.
• Sandra Jeffers, 47, of Boydton pleaded guilty Friday to a probation violation on a felony offense.
White withheld her finding of guilt and continued disposition of the case to a date in the June court term ordering Jeffers to pay $50 a month beginning on or before Jan. 15.
• Anthony Taft Vaden, 43, of Halifax pleaded no contest Friday to capias charge for a probation violation.
White re-suspended all but four years of Vaden’s previously suspended 18-year jail term for the conviction, and she ordered Vaden placed on probation for two years upon his release.
• Felix Cobbs III, 49, of Danville had all but three months of his previously suspended jail term re-suspended Friday for a probation violation.
White ordered Cobbs placed on probation for one year, to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment as determined, remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug screens.
White also ordered Cobbs to pay court costs in full within two years.
• Davy Dominique Shelton, 34, of Scottsburg pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, and he also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, White sentenced Shelton to a five-year suspended prison term for the felony and a 12-month suspended jail term for the felony, conditioned on Shelton’s good behavior for six years, beginning immediately.
White ordered Shelton to be placed on probation for two years upon his release and ordered Shelton’s operator’s license be suspended for six months on each charge.
White also ordered Shelton to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment as determined, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug screens, pay court costs within one year, pay a $250 fine and ordered a restricted operator’s license for 12 months.