Northumberland County Circuit Court Report


HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland County Circuit Court  convened March 28 with Judge R. Michael McKenney presiding.

The case of Carlos Liverpool of Burgess, charged with a misdemeanor of falsely reporting or summoning a law enforcement officer, felony obtaining money under false pretenses, and felony possessing a controlled substance, was continued to May 30.

Orin P. Lee of Reedville, charged with a felony probation violation, was granted bond at $10,000 and is scheduled for trial May 23.

The case of Keith A. Branem of Richmond, charged with a felony probation violation, was continued to June 13.

The case of Cecil Jackson, charged with a felony of distribution of a controlled substance and a felony of selling or distributing a schedule IV drug, was continued to May 30.

The case of Milford Diggs of Burgess, charged with two felonies of distribution of a controlled substance, was continued to May 30.

The case of Jason Ritchie of Lottsburg, charged with a felony of destruction of property and a felony burglary, was continued to June 20.

Brian D. Geronimo, charged with two felony offenses of a probation violation, was granted bond at $25,000 and is scheduled for trial April 25.

Evelyn O. Conaway, charged with a felony of possessing a controlled substance and a felony of obtaining a drug by fraud, was not prosecuted at the time of trial.

Joshua J. Burchett of Reedville, charged with four misdemeanors of contributing to a delinquency of a minor, pled guilty to all charges and received four years with two years suspended and was ordered to supervised probation and a mental health evaluation.

Tara F. Miller of Ohio, charged with a felony of grand larceny, pled guilty and was sentenced to no incarceration and no active jail sentence but will have to have an indefinite probation in Ohio.

Heather Lynn Sebra of Farnham, charged with a misdemeanor of assault and battery, pled no contest, and was sentenced to one month in jail to be served on the weekends.

Tonya R. L. Brown of Reedville, charged with a misdemeanor of possessing marijuana, pled guilty and was ordered to pay a fine and surrender her driver’s license for six months.

Rodney Withers of Farnham, convicted of two felony offenses of distribution of a controlled substance, pled not guilty and a pre-sentencing report was ordered. Sentencing is scheduled for June 20.

Brittany N. Cottrell of Reedville, charged with two misdemeanors of identity theft, was sentenced to 12 months with 12 months suspended in one charge and was not prosecuted at the time of trial on the other charge.

March 21 cases

The Northumberland County Circuit Court also convened March 21. 

John Gaskins of Lottsburg, charged with a felony object sexual penetration by force and felony sexual battery charge, pled guilty to the sexual battery charge. The object sexual penetration charge was not prosecuted at the time of trial. A pre-sentencing report was ordered and he is scheduled to be sentenced June 6. 

Donald Michalak Jr. or Heathsville, convicted of a felony of unlawful wounding, pled guilty and was sentenced to five years of incarceration with three years and one month suspended. 

Anthony J. Tallent of Reedville, charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, pled guilty and was sentenced to pay fines and his driver’s license was suspended for six months. 

Michael Turner of Weems, charged with five felonies including two charges of entering a house to commit assault and battery, two charges of grand larceny and receiving or buying stolen goods, pled not guilty to all charges. He was found guilty on the two charges of entering to commit assault and battery and the two charges of grand larceny. The receiving/buying stolen goods charge was dismissed. A pre-sentencing report was ordered and he is scheduled to be sentenced June 13.

Kionte R. Walters of Wicomico Church, charged with three felonies of receiving or buying stolen goods, entering a house to commit assault and battery, and grand larceny, was not prosecuted at the time of trial.

The case of Keyvone T. Williams of Weems, charged with two felonies including entering a house to commit assault and battery and grand larceny, was continued to June 27.