A 35-year-old Nathalie woman will serve five years in prison after being convicted Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court on one count of possession of pornography and one count of production of child pornography.

Amanda Dawn Buchanan entered pleas of no contest to both charges, according to commonwealth’s attorney Tracy Martin.

“Buchanan will be placed on the Virginia State Police registry for sex offenders and offenders against children, and she will be placed on indefinite probation supervision once she is released from prison,” said Martin. “She was also ordered to be of good behavior for the next 30 years, along with other terms and conditions.”

The charges against Buchanan resulted from her posting a sexually explicit photo of her 5-year-old child in a Facebook chat group, Martin explained.

“Facebook flagged the image and reported it to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force then relayed the information to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office,” said Martin.

Investigator Jeff Burton completed the investigation, conducting interviews with the defendant and, ultimately, executing a search warrant on her home, and recovering several cell phones that were sent to the Office of the Attorney General for download, according to Martin.

“The investigation revealed that the photo was posted in the context of messages of a graphic sexual nature relating to incest and pedophilia. Although the messages appeared to be fantasy, they included references to an adult performing sexual acts on the 5-year-old victim,” continued Martin.

“Buchanan’s no contest pleas and five-year prison term are pursuant to a plea agreement entered into by the commonwealth with the support of law enforcement and in consultation with the non-offending parent of the child depicted. 

“The five-year prison term brings justice to the family and the community in this case. As we do in each case, we weighed heavily the strength of the case, the wishes of the victim’s family, the recommendations of law enforcement and defendant’s prior criminal behavior—in this case, there was none—before concluding the just outcome.

“In this case, five years was the right outcome,” Martin added.

Judge Leslie Osborn accepted the agreement as presented to the court, and an additional charge of distribution of the photo was dismissed by the court.

“Additional conditions of Buchanan’s good behavior include that she notify the Department of Social Services of her release, that she have no contact with unrelated minors and that she have no unsupervised contact with related minors,” explained Martin.

“She will also have to submit to a psychosexual evaluation within 90 days of release and follow any recommendations for counseling which result from the evaluation,” she added. “The production of sexually explicit imagery of minors is a severe offense against the commonwealth, and we will pursue it zealously.”

• Chase Dakota Smithson, 28, of Oxford, North Carolina, entered an Alford plea Friday to a felony for possession of a firearm as a non-violent felon in a period greater than 10 years, and he entered Alford pleas to misdemeanors for trespassing on posted property, killing a deer with the use of headlights, shooting a weapon across a street or a road and shooting wildlife from a vehicle.

Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Smithson to a five-year suspended prison term for the felony and a 12-month suspended jail term for the trespassing conviction, conditioned on Smithson’s good behavior for 10 years.

White sentenced Smithson to $250 fines for the remaining three misdemeanors, ordered the defendant placed on probation for one year and ordered him to pay court costs within 12 months.

• Brancho D. White, 47, of South Boston was convicted Friday of a charge for grand larceny, following a bench trial.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge prior to the trial.

White continued sentencing in the case to a date in the January court term.

w Brian Ellis Lowery, 37, of Graham, North Carolina, had 60 days of his previously suspended jail term revoked on Friday for a probation violation.

White authorized weekend jail service up to 45 days and ordered Lowery to be placed on probation for one year to run concurrently with a similar time in Mecklenburg County.

In addition, White ordered Lowery to pay restitution at a rate of $50 a month upon his release or on weekends, and she ordered him to abstain from alcohol and drugs while on probation,

• Melanie Denise Breedlove, 33, of Lynchburg had a misdemeanor charge against her for a violation of her community based probation nol prossed on Thursday.

White suspended Breedlove’s previous conviction for a violation of her provisions of good behavior as ordered by the court to the defendant’s entry into drug court.

• Kyle Clement Hailey, 33, of Vernon Hill pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges for petty larceny and embezzlement, after reaching a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, White sentenced Hailey to 12-month suspended jail terms for each charge, conditioned on his good behavior for 24 months, and she ordered him to pay $708.89 restitution to Blue Ridge Distributing by Jan. 31, 2020.

White ordered Hailey to pay court costs within two years and banned him from Blue Ridge Distributing.

• Samuel Wayne Lancaster, 36, of Halifax had a charge against him for a probation violation dismissed on Thursday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.

• Brittany Ann Wilborn, 30, of Roxboro, North Carolina, had a charge against her for failing to appear in court dismissed on Thursday upon payment of restitution in full.

• Scott Franklin Williams of Brookneal was removed Thursday from first offender status and convicted of a charge for possessing methamphetamine.

Williams also was convicted Thursday of a probation violation, with White continuing sentencing for Williams to a date in the December court term.

• Pakita Lynn Dixon, 42, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge for misdemeanor obstruction of justice after a first offender review.

White sentenced Dixon to a 12-month suspended jail term, conditioned on Dixon’s good behavior for 12 months, and she ordered the defendant not to possess a firearm during her period of good behavior.

• Michael Glenn Ford Jr., 33, of South Boston pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for a sixth offense of driving on a revoked operator’s license.

White continued the case to a date in the December court term.