A 47-year-old South Boston man, Milton Eugene Clark, pleaded guilty Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to felonies for possession of cocaine and possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for identity theft and possession of marijuana.
Under terms of a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Clark to 10 years in prison for each of the felony drug possession charges, 12 months in jail for possession of marijuana and 30 days for possession of marijuana.
White suspended all time except for time served, conditioned on Clark’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered the defendant placed on probation for three years.
In addition, White ordered Clark to remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug tests and undergo a substance abuse assessment and treatment.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin, the commonwealth, in consultation with law enforcement, agreed the time the defendant had served prior to sentencing—a total of 292 days-- was a just result for active jail time.
“This sentence fell within the sentencing guidelines which the court considers and typically relies upon when imposing a sentence,” Martin said.
Other court cases
• Joe Belt Allred Jr., 53, of Scottsburg was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, with all but one year and four months suspended, for a second offense of distributing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Judge S. Anderson Nelson also sentenced Allred to 12 months in jail, with all but six months suspended for a misdemeanor habitual driving charge and a six-month suspended jail term for misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Nelson ordered the suspended portions of Allred’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 10 years; ordered him to be placed on probation for two years; ordered him to be drug and alcohol free with random drug screens and drug tests; and ordered him to pay court costs in full within two years.
• Jerry Lovelace Martin, 37, of South Boston had a show cause charge against him for a probation violation dismissed Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court upon payment of court costs in full.
• Jennifer Lynn Beadles, 31, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Friday to a pair of felony charges for child neglect and a felony charge for possession of weapon or ammunition as a convicted felon.
Beadles also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for a first offense of DWI, coming after she reached a plea agreement with the commonwealth,
Nelson deferred his finding of guilt on a charge against Beadles for possession of a controlled substance to a future court date.
Martin said as part of the plea agreement, the commonwealth will argue for the appropriate sentence within the range of active incarceration established in the sentencing guidelines. The court is required to consider the sentencing guidelines and typically relies on the sentencing guidelines, in deciding the appropriate sentence to impose on any defendant.
Sentencing for Beadles was continued to a date in the July court term.
• Adam Wayne Roach, 23, of Roanoke was sentenced Friday to 12-month suspended jail terms for two misdemeanors including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and common law trespassing.
Nelson ordered the suspended sentences to be conditioned on Roach’s good behavior for 24 months, completion of VASAP, payment of court costs in full within 12 months and having no contact with Henry Crews.
• Samuel Steve Mosley, 46, of Red Oak was found in violation Friday of his first offender provisions for possession of cocaine in a deferred disposition case.
The court offered Mosley first offender status in April 2018 and continued disposition of the case for one year placing him under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services.
Nelson continued the case for three months, ordering Mosley to perform 150 hours of community service and pay court costs in full.
• Kerry Lawrence Clark, 28, of South Boston pleaded no contest Friday to a probation violation charge.
White revoked seven years, five months and 15 days of Clark’s previously suspended jail term, and she re-suspended all but one year and six months, with credit for time served.
White ordered Clark to be placed on probation for two years following his release.