A 59-year-old Vernon Hill man, Larry William Berkley was convicted Thursday of possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine),
The commonwealth moved to nol pros another charge against Berkley during the hearing for indecent exposure.
Judge Leslie M. Osborn sentenced Berkley to five years in prison for the cocaine charge, with all but one year suspended, conditioned on Berkley’s good behavior for five years, beginning immediately, and he ordered Berkley to be placed on probation for two years.
Osborn stayed Berkley’s sentence until the defendant could be evaluated for Drug Court.
Osborn ordered Berkley to remain drug and alcohol free, authorized a restricted operator’s license for six months, and ordered him to pay court costs in full within two years, beginning Aug. 1.
Additionally, Osborn convicted Berkley of a probation violation and continued that case until a date in the August court term.
Other Court Cases
• Dominic Coles Powell, 25, of Nathalie was convicted Thursday of a felony charge for unlawful wounding.
Osborn sentenced Powell to a five-year suspended prison term, conditioned on Powell’s good behavior for five years, beginning immediately, and Osborn also ordered Powell to be placed on probation for one year, also beginning immediately.
Osborn additionally ordered Powell to pay restitution to his victim at a rate of $100 a month.
• Arie Lamartz Ferrell, 36, of South Boston was sentenced Thursday to a 10-year suspended prison term for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine) and a 60-day suspended term for a first offense of DWI.
Osborn ordered the suspended time be conditioned on Ferrell’s good behavior for 10 years and ordered him to be placed on probation for one year upon his release.
Osborn also ordered Ferrell to pay court costs within two years beginning one month after his release; suspended his operator’s license for a total of 18 months and ordered ignition interlock for six months; ordered the defendant to complete VASAP and ordered the defendant to undergo a substance abuse assessment.
• Emily Anne Lowery, 30, of Scottsburg, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for felony shoplifting, with all but 30 days suspended.
Osborn ordered the suspended portion of Lowery’s sentence be conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years and ordered her placed on probation for one year, both starting on Thursday.
In addition, Osborn ordered Lowery to pay court costs within one year, beginning in August, and he banned the defendant from Wal-Mart in South Boston.
Osborn ordered the defendant to continue treatment and take medication but suspended drug and alcohol testing while Lowery was incarcerated.
• Matthew Shane Thomason, 26, of Virgilina was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine), with all but 12 months suspended.
Osborn ordered the suspended portion of Thomason’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 15 years, beginning immediately, and he ordered him to be placed on probation for two years upon his release.
Osborn additionally ordered Thomason to pay court costs within two years, beginning the month after his release and ordered him to undergo substance abuse and treatment.
• Joseph Cleveland Whittington III, 29, of Halifax pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (cocaine).
Sentencing for Whittington was continued to a date in the September court term.
• Darshae B. Lee, 27, of South Boston was convicted Thursday of a probation violation.
Osborn ordered Lee to pay $150 a month toward restitution with the first payment due Aug. 1, and he continued sentencing in the case to a date in the October court term.
• Tyrone Tristan Barlow, 24, of Richmond had 60 days of his previously suspended jail term revoked on Thursday for a probation violation.
Osborn ordered Barlow to make restitution payments within one year beginning in November.