Northumberland County Circuit Court Report 


by Madison White Franks

HEATHSVILLE —The Northumberland County Circuit Court convened January 31. The following cases were heard by Judge R. Michael McKenney.

Trials 

James Andrews of Heathsville, charged with two felony offenses of selling drugs as an accommodation to another without attempt to profit, pled guilty and was sentenced to one year of work release supervised probation.

In the case of James B. Burt of Heathsville, charged with six felonies of aggregated sexual battery, abducting by force or intimidation, sodomy, indecent liberties with a child and proposing a sex act by using communication systems, a pre-sentence report was ordered and the sentencing will be conducted June 20.

Margaret L. Dawson of Reedville, charged with a misdemeanor of petit larceny, five felonies of possessing a controlled substance and four counts of child abuse, pled guilty and received supervision through a community corrections program for one year. Dawson’s case will then be reviewed January 30, 2018.

Henry R. Fife of Heathsville, charged with a misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a felony of carnal knowledge without force with a 13-14 year old, pled guilty to the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge. Judge McKenney deferred judgment on the misdemeanor, and the felony charge was not prosecuted at the time of trial.

Carlos Liverpool of Burgess, charged with misdemeanor petit larceny, pled guilty and received a sentence time of 12 months with 9 months suspended. Liverpool also was arraigned and granted bond on a misdemeanor of falsely reporting to law enforcement and two felonies of obtaining money under false pretenses and possessing a controlled substance.

Brandon D. Noel of Lancaster, charged with a felony offense probation violation, pled guilty and his sentence was revoked.

The case of Shelly L. Peddicord of Heathsville, charged with two felony offenses of manufacturing a controlled substance, was continued to May 30.

Michael J. Veney of Callao, charged with felony robbery of a residence and entering a house to commit assault and battery, pled guilty to the assault and battery charge and was sentenced to five months in the penitentiary and supervised probation for one year upon release. The robbery charge was not prosecuted at the time of trial.

Other cases 

Laura M. Heywood, charged with misdemeanor selling or distributing marijuana and four felonies of possessing a weapon and three counts of child abuse, was granted bond and trial was set for May 30.

The case of Alvin O. Howard of Callao, charged with misdemeanor assault and battery against a family member and four felonies of strangulation with injury, use of a firearm, abduction by force, and malicious wounding, was continued to February 14.

The case of Patrick G. Toth, charged with four felonies of rape of a victim under 13, intercourse with a victim under 13, and two counts of aggressive sex battery, is set for a jury trial March 15 and 16.

The case of Michael R. Turner of Weems, charged with three felonies of receiving or buying stolen goods, entering a house to commit assault and battery, and grand larceny, was set for trial March 21.

The case of 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 set for trial March 21.

The case of James Martimes Sellers of Warsaw, charged with three felony offenses of probation violations, was set for trial May 9.

The case of Erin M. Bierworth of Providence Forge, charged with three felony offenses of a probation violation, was dismissed.



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