A 35-year-old South Boston woman, April Michelle Riddle, faces three years in prison for a drug distribution charge after being sentenced Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Riddle to 10 years in prison, with all but three suspended, for distribution of a controlled substance.

White also sentenced Riddle to 10-year suspended prison terms for six charges of distribution of a controlled substance, and the judge sentenced Riddle to a pair of five-year suspended prison terms for two other charges of distribution of a controlled substance.

White ordered the suspended portions of Riddle’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 30 years, ordered her placed on probation for two years upon her release and ordered her to undergo substance abuse counseling.

In addition, White ordered Riddle to pay $1,680 restitution due Feb. 23, 2023.

Riddle pleaded guilty in December in Halifax County Circuit Court to eight charges for distribution of a controlled substance.

Riddle pleaded guilty to five counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of heroin.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth moved to nol pros four additional distribution-related charges against the defendant.

Other court cases

• A 26-year-old South Boston man, Deaundray Ontario Martin, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, two other distribution charges against Martin were nol prossed.

White sentenced Martin to 10 years in prison for the drug distribution charge, with all but three years suspended, conditioned on Martin’s good behavior for 20 years, beginning immediately.

The court ordered Martin to be placed on probation for two years after his release, and it suspended his operator’s license for six months.

• Terry Keyshawn Green, 32, of Henderson, North Carolina, was convicted Thursday of felonies for breaking and entering and grand larceny and a misdemeanor for destruction of personal property, following a bench trial.

The defendant entered pleas of not guilty prior to the trial.

Sentencing in the case was continued to a date in the October court term.

• George H. Ethredge III, 38, of Halifax entered an Alford plea Thursday to felony charges for intent to sell stolen property and grand larceny, and he also entered an Alford plea to a pair of misdemeanors for obtaining money under false pretenses.

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.

White sentenced Ethredge to nine years in prison for each felony, with all but six months and two weeks suspended for intent to sell stolen property.

The judge also sentenced Ethredge to 12-month suspended sentences for each misdemeanor.

• Erik Coles, 28, of Alton was offered first offender status for a charge of possessing a controlled substance.

White ordered disposition of Coles’ case to a date in the September 2020 court term.

• Ricky Dean Elliott, 60, of Virgilina pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor assault and battery, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

White continued the case until the October court term for sentencing.

• Zachary Adam Elliott, 33, of Roxboro, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor assault and battery, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

White continued the case until the October court term for sentencing.

• Damien Scott Hartlove, 22, of Virginia Beach was convicted Thursday of eluding police, reckless driving – speeding over 80 MPH – and possession of marijuana.

Sentencing for Hartlove was continued to a date in the October court term.

• Shiquita Renae Sanford, 26, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge.

White sentenced Sanford to a six-month suspended jail term, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 12 months, and White ordered her placed on probation through Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services for 12 months, and if sooner no later than six months.

• Ashley Nicole Watts, 20, of Nathalie was removed from first offender status on Friday and sentenced to a five-year suspended prison term for possession of a controlled substance.

White ordered Watts’ suspended sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, the judge ordered Watts to be placed on probation for two years, and she ordered the defendant to remain drug free, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and submit to random drug screens.