Lancaster County Circuit Court Report


by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—Judge R. Michael McKenney on May 12 arraigned three men in Lancaster County Circuit Court on felony charges of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and grand larceny.

The charges stem from a robbery in the 600 block of North Main Street in Kilmarnock on February 14, 2017.

Allen Conaway of Wicomico Church, Elton Tawaron Cockrell and Thomas Edward Stevens of Lancaster were accused of stealing beer from a gas station mini-mart.

Conaway also faces charges of probation violation on three misdemeanors and one felony conviction. Conaway’s trial was set for June 30. Trials for Cockrell and Stevens are scheduled for July 14. All were assigned court appointed attorneys.

Other cases

Rosa Maria Turner of Smithfield, charged with two probation violations on felony convictions, was assigned a court appointed attorney. Her case is set for trial on July 14. Turner is charged with failing to make any restitution payments on $174,000 for construction fraud. She was allowed to continue her release on bond, however, the judge warned her to stop making comments about the victim on social media and to make no contact with the victim.

Gregory Allen Pratt of Lively, charged with probation violations on four felony and two misdemeanor convictions, received an active sentence of one year in jail.

Ronyece M. Turpin of Warsaw was in court for a continuing review on community service sentencing for probation violations. Her case was nolle prosequi.

Jerevon R. Henderson of Lancaster, charged with probation violation on one felony, was found in compliance. Charges were dismissed by the judge.

Linwood M. Neal Jr. of Richmond, charged with probation violation on two felony convictions, was sentenced to three months in jail and two years supervised probation. He was released, based on time served.

Dawn Marie Clarke of Sandston has an outstanding capias for her arrest. She was scheduled for trial on three felony charges of stealing a car, destruction of property and failure to appear. Her trial was postponed for a seventh time to July 28.

Maria F. Thompson had bond revoked after refusing to cooperate with a court ordered mental evaluation. She is charged with eight felonies of forgery and four misdemeanors of obtaining money under false pretenses. Trial is set for June 30.

Calvin Flanders Taylor III of Kilmarnock pleaded guilty to two felonies of distribution of schedule I/II drugs. He was sentenced to 30 years, with 27 years, four months suspended, leaving an active sentence of two years, eight months. He was given two years supervised probation, his license was suspended for six months and he was ordered to pay restitution of $685 to Virginia State Police. Taylor, who was represented by a court appointed attorney, was granted work release and a furlough to move his family out of their home in order to rent it for income to pay his daughter’s tuition for private school.

Gary Riddell Rich of Kilmarnock was scheduled for trial on a felony charge of possession of a schedule I/II drug. The case was continued to June 30.

David Kyle Wesley of Weems was scheduled for trial on felony manufacture of a controlled substance. The case was continued to June 30.

James Charles Newton of Weems, charged with four felonies of manufacturing a controlled substance, was granted a continuance. Trial is set for July 21.

Grant Carter Rollins of Heathsville pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor possession of a schedule III drug. Judge McKenney discovered Rollins’ records had been entered incorrectly and that he had actually tested negative in all five drug screening tests. He received a 12-month sentence, all suspended and two years of unsupervised probation.

The case of Troy Dejuan Payne of Heathsville is scheduled for trial on July 14. Payne faces two charges of felony grand larceny.