A 21-year-old South Boston man set to go on trial in September on a first-degree murder charge was convicted Aug. 23 in Halifax County Circuit Court of an amended charge of trespassing.
Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Tequan Jamal Watson to six months in jail for misdemeanor trespassing, with all but 30 days suspended, conditioned on Watson’s good behavior for 12 months and with credit for time served.
White ordered Watson to pay court costs in full within one year, to have no contact with Derick Cunningham and to stay away from 1904 College Street in South Boston.
Watson is scheduled to go on trial in late September on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a double shooting incident that occurred on Sandy Beach Road in South Boston in February 2018 leaving one man dead and another wounded.
A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury later indicted Watson on the charges connected with the shooting.
The grand jury indicted Watson for one count of the first-degree murder of P.D. (Paul Jacob Damiano), one count of the malicious wounding of Devan Wooding and two counts of the attempted use or use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Other court cases
• Lance Antonio Hankins, 42, of Leasburg, North Carolina, entered an Alford plea Friday to six charges, including possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license, failing to surrender a title to a vehicle, possession of marijuana, drinking while driving and illegally possessing a gun.
Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding almost a certainty.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Judge S. Anderson Nelson deferred his finding of guilt for the drug possession charge and gun possession charge and took them under advisement for 12 months.
Nelson sentenced Hankins to a 30-day suspended jail term for not surrendering a title, to a $250 fine for drinking while driving and to $100 fines for driving without a license and possession of marijuana, conditioned on Hankins’ good behavior for 12 months.
Additionally, Nelson placed Hankins under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, and he ordered the defendant to submit to a substance abuse assessment and any ordered treatment or recommendations.
• Tyrik Tavon Harris, 27, of Halifax was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for unlawful wounding, with all time suspended to that already served.
White ordered the suspended portion of Harris’ sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered him to be placed on probation for one year.
In addition, White ordered Harris to complete an anger management course and ordered him to pay court costs within two years.
• Angela Darlene Cash, 35, of South Boston entered an Alford plea Friday to a felony shoplifting charge.
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.
Sentencing for Cash was continued to a date in the October court term.
• Sytara Naisha Powell, 31, of Halifax was sentenced Friday to a two-year suspended prison term for possession of a controlled substance.
White ordered Powell’s suspended sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, and she ordered the defendant to be placed on probation for one year.
In addition, White ordered Powell to pay court costs in full within two years and suspended Powell’s operator’s license for six months, with restrictions permitted.
• Amy Marshall Davis, 25, of Alton was sentenced Friday to suspended time for charges including possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, pending her completion of drug court.
White granted a restricted license for Davis for six months as part of Davis’ conditions for entering drug court.