A 31-year-old South Boston man, Roger Clayton Martin Jr., entered an Alford plea Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a charge of carnal knowledge.
Martin also entered Alford pleas to charges for misdemeanor assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Under terms of an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding almost a certainty at trial.
Judge Kimberley S. White remanded Martin to custody pending sentencing, set for a date in the October court term.
Other court cases
• Holden Luke Dunman, 23, of Virgilina was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, with all but six months suspended, and to a $1,000 fine.
White also sentenced Dunman to 10-year suspended prison terms for two charges of distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
White ordered the suspended portion of Dunman’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 30 years and ordered him to be placed on probation for two years.
White ordered Dunman to pay $267 restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Fund, with restitution due in full by Aug. 1, 2020, ordered him to pay court costs in full within three years, and she ordered his operator’s license to be suspended six months for each charge.
• Larry William Berkley, 59, of Vernon Hill had a previous jail sentence for possession of cocaine suspended on Thursday upon his successful completion of drug court.
In July, 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 he ordered him to pay court costs in full within two years, beginning Aug. 1.
White presided over the case on Thursday, ordering Berkley’s previous jail sentence be suspended conditioned upon his successful completion of drug court.
• Christopher Alan Loftis, 43, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to felonies for a third offense of petty larceny and possession of burglary tools, and he also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering property to do damage.
White sentenced Loftis to five years in prison for the larceny charge, with all but two years and two months suspended, she sentenced him to a five-year suspended prison term for possession of burglary tools, and she sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail term for the misdemeanor.
White ordered the suspended portion of Loftis’ sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 15 years; she ordered him to be placed on probation for one year; and she ordered him to pay $200 restitution to Roy Williams, with restitution due in full by Aug. 1, 2021.
• Yoan Romero Carasa, 28, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for grand larceny.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, White nol prossed a charge against Carasa for failing to appear in court.
White sentenced Carasa to five years in prison for the grand larceny conviction, with all time suspended, conditioned on Carasa’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and she ordered Carasa to be placed on probation for two years upon his release.
White ordered Carasa to receive credit for time served while in custody at Blue Ridge Regional Jail from Oct. 16, 2017 through Dec. 6, 2017, she ordered Carasa to pay $300 restitution to Tatianna Hamlett, with restitution due in full by Feb. 8, 2021, and she ordered the defendant to have no contact with his victim.
• Donald Ray Ragsdale Jr., 31, of Scottsburg was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor charges for petty larceny, receiving stolen goods with a value less than $200 and obtaining money under false pretenses, in a review case.
White sentenced Ragsdale to 12-month suspended jail terms for each misdemeanor, with the suspended time conditioned on Ragsdale’s good behavior for 12 months, and she ordered the defendant to pay court costs within one year.
• Scotland Brewer Ford, 31, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony marijuana distribution charge.
White sentenced Ford to five years in prison, with all but 30 days suspended, conditioned on Ford’s good behavior for 10 years, beginning immediately, and she authorized weekend jail service or work release if Ford qualified for either.
White also ordered Ford to be placed on probation for two years upon his release, ordered him to pay court costs within two years, and she ordered his operator’s license be suspended for six months.
• Chase Aldean Daniel, 30, of Virgilina pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge for making a false statement on a criminal history consent form.
White took the case under advisement for 12 months, placed Daniel under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services, ordered Daniel to complete an anger management course and ordered the defendant to be of good behavior.
• Randy Lee Childress, 48, of Roxboro, North Carolina, pleaded no contest Thursday to a probation violation charge.
White revoked six months of Childress’ previously suspended jail term, with work release authorized, and she ordered Childress to pay court costs within two years.