A 34-year-old South Boston man, Dante Jamaal White, was indicted Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court on felony counts of possessing a firearm while possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance – more than one pound of marijuana – possessing or transporting ammunition for a firearm or possessing any explosive material after having been convicted of a felony and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
White also was indicted Thursday on another felony for eluding law enforcement.
The alleged offenses occurred March 17, according to court records.
An indictment is issued by a grand jury against an individual who is charged with a crime. Before the individual may be convicted, the charge must be proved at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual of the charge against him or her so that the person will be able to prepare a defense.
In an additional indictment handed down on Thursday, 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Rogers of Alton was indicted on one misdemeanor count of possessing a hypodermic syringe, needle or other instrument or implement adapted for the administration of a controlled dangerous substance.
The alleged offense occurred April 3, according to court records.
In Halifax County Circuit Court on Monday, a 37-year-old Scottsburg man, James Herbert Moorefield, pleaded guilty to felony charges for a third or more offense of petty larceny, enhanced petty larceny and grand larceny.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, the commonwealth moved to nol pros two felony charges against the defendant for enhanced petty larceny and possession of a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon.
Judge S. Anderson Nelson continued sentencing for Moorefield to a date later in the September court term, releasing the defendant on a $5,000 unsecured bond and placing him under house arrest, allowing Moorefield to go to work and doctor’s appointments but ordering him not to go to Walmart or Short Stop.
• Timothy Brad Puryear, 37, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.
Nelson revoked Puryear’s previously suspended jail term for the violation, re-suspending all but six months, ordering Puryear to be placed on probation for two years.
Nelson additionally ordered Puryear to submit to random drug and alcohol tests, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to a substance abuse treatment assessment and pay court costs in full within two years.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against Puryear during the hearing for a violation of his provisions of good behavior as ordered by the court.
• Amber Lynn Newman, 28, of Bassett pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count for possession of methamphetamine residue and one felony count for possession of methamphetamine powder.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Nelson sentenced Newman to five years in prison for the first charge, with all time suspended to that already served, and Nelson sentenced Newman to a five-year suspended prison term for the second charge.
Nelson ordered Newman to be placed on probation for two years, ordered the defendant to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and he ordered her to submit to a substance abuse assessment and follow all treatment recommendations.
Nelson also suspended Newman’s operator’s license for 12 months.