A 39-year-old Vernon Hill man, Jamie Allen Seamster, was convicted of charges connected with receiving or selling stolen property following a bench trial Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court.
Judge Kimberley S. White convicted Seamster of felony charges of receiving or buying stolen goods, selling or receiving stolen property, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of ammunition as a convicted felon and obtaining money under false pretenses.
White also convicted Seamster of felonies for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm with a Schedule I/II controlled substance, and she convicted Seamster of a probation violation on a felony offense.
Charges against Seamster stem from a Nov. 9, 2017 search of a Vernon Hill residence resulting in the arrest of Seamster and the seizure of numerous commemorative firearms, a large quantity of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia, knives, swords, electronics and antique silver and paper currency, all believed to have been stolen in county break-ins.
Acting on information gathered in an investigation of a break-in and burglary of a residence on Bill Tuck Highway, Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark said investigators and deputies obtained enough evidence to secure a search warrant for Seamster’s residence at 2011 Ridge Road in Vernon Hill.
The search yielded numerous antique firearms, suspected marijuana and suspected cocaine, drug scales, pipes, bongs, a large quantity of antique silver coins and antique paper currency valued at more than $200, numerous electronics and collectables, all believed to have been stolen in area break-ins.
Also arrested at Seamster’s residence during the search was 40-year-old Chris Daniel Anderson, of Newton Farm Road in South Boston.
A felony charge against Anderson for receiving or buying stolen goods was nol prossed in Halifax County Circuit Court on July 5.
Other court cases
• Randall Blair Bowen, 39, of Virgilina was convicted Friday of the unlawful wounding of Kenneth Shotwell.
Judge Donald C. Blessing sentenced Bowen to a five-year suspended jail term, conditioned on Bowen’s good behavior for five years, beginning immediately. He ordered him to be placed on probation for two years, and he ordered the defendant to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs.
• Willie Timothy Brandon, 27, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to three felony charges for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Blessing sentenced Brandon to 10-year prison terms for each of the charges, with all time suspended except four years in prison for one of the counts.
Blessing ordered the suspended portions of Brandon’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years, beginning immediately. He ordered the defendant to be placed on probation for two years following his release, and he ordered him to pay $665 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund.
• Anthony Paul Ali Jr., 23, of Danville pleaded guilty Friday to three felony charges for distribution of methamphetamines, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.
Sentencing for Ali was continued to a date in the June court term.
• Laura Beth Fallen, 41, of Vernon Hill was convicted Friday of a pair of felony charges for forgery and one felony charge for identity theft.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros another felony charge against Fallen during the hearing for forgery of a public record.
Blessing continued sentencing for Fallen to a date in the May court term.
• Gary Demond Sanford, 22, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
The commonwealth moved during the hearing to nol pros an identical charge against Sanford.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Blessing sentenced Sanford to 10 years in prison for the drug charge, with all but seven months suspended, conditioned on Sanford’s good behavior for 20 years.
Blessing ordered Sanford to be placed on probation for two years, ordered his operator’s license to be suspended for six months and ordered him to pay $320 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund within two years.
• Kevin Lamont Traynham, 39, of Halifax was convicted Friday of a probation violation.
Blessing revoked 10 days of Traynham’s previously suspended prison term, and he authorized either weekend jail service or work release for the defendant.
Blessing ordered Traynham to pay $10 per week toward restitution, and he ordered the defendant to be placed on probation for one year, beginning immediately.