A 28-year-old South Boston man, Andrew L. Loftis, will serve an effective six years in prison for a string of grand larcenies he committed in a period from December 2017 to April 2018.

Judge Kimberley S. White on Monday sentenced Loftis to a total of 40 years in prison for four separate grand larcenies from properties owned by Mark Stevens, Delayne Sons and Melvin Sons, Clarence Carter and Howard Anderson, with all but one year and six months suspended for each.

White also sentenced Loftis to a 12-month jail term for trespassing, with no time suspended on that charge, and she revoked one year of Loftis’ previously suspended jail term for a probation violation, with Loftis receiving an effective prison term of eight years.

White ordered the suspended portion of Loftis’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 40 years and ordered him to be placed on probation for two years upon his release.

White ordered Loftis to pay $23,018 restitution at a rate of $200 a month, with the first payment due within 60 days of his release, and she ordered restitution to be paid in full by April 29, 2035.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin said, “This case involved theft of over $23,000 in cash and property from four separate victims in a short period of time. Our thanks go to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office whose officers investigated thoroughly and were well-prepared.  As a result, we were able to achieve a positive result.”  

William Hamilton, who prosecuted the matter on behalf of the commonwealth, said, “These crimes were aggravated by the fact that the defendant had a history of violence and theft crimes, and he fled from law enforcement when they arrested him.” 

Hamilton added, “The victims of these crimes were truly concerned for their community.  A victim who lost over $18,000 in property said he was less worried about being repaid than he was about preventing Loftis from hurting anyone else.”

Other court cases

• A 55-year-old Halifax man will serve 10 months in jail for striking a pedestrian while driving intoxicated on Ball Park Loop in July 2017.

White on Monday sentenced 55-year-old Donald Dave Kirby of Halifax to five years in prison, with all but 10 months suspended, for a charge of unintentionally causing serious bodily injury to another person as an intoxicated driver.

White also sentenced Kirby to 12 months in jail, with all but five days suspended, for a first offense of DWI and a 12-month suspended sentence for driving on a revoked license.

Kirby was initially charged with driving under the influence after the vehicle he was driving struck a pedestrian on Ball Park Loop in Halifax around midnight on July 21, 2017.

According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred one-tenth of a mile north of Mountain Road, when Kirby was backing down the roadway and ran over 41-year-old Julanda Howard of Halifax.

According to the report, Howard was seriously injured and transported to the hospital.

Kirby was arrested on charges related to the incident on Oct. 26, 2018.

•  Johnny Owen Clay, 28, of Scottsburg was sentenced Monday to a 10-year suspended prison term for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and five years in prison, with all time suspended to that already served, for felony shoplifting.

White also sentenced Clay to a six-month suspended jail term for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance with all suspended time conditioned on Clay’s good behavior for 10 years.

In addition, White revoked Clay’s previously suspended jail term for a violation of his provisions for good behavior as ordered by the court but ordered no new jail time on that charge.

White suspended Clay’s operator’s license for 12 months, ordered him to be placed on probation for two years and ordered him to remain drug and alcohol free, in addition to ordering the defendant to pay $61.62 restitution to Alexis Rae Chappell and stay away from Wal-Mart.

•  James Dillard Vaughn Jr., 30, of Claudville was convicted Monday of a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance.

Sentencing for Vaughn was continued to a date in the July court term.

•  Samuel Darnell Dabbs, 52, of Nathalie pleaded no contest Monday to a probation violation charge.

White revoked Dabbs’ previously suspended jail term for the violation but re-suspended all but four months in jail, with credit for time served.

White extended Dabbs’ probationary period for two years and ordered him to pay court costs in full within two years.