by Audrey Thomasson
LANCASTER—The Hon. R. Michael McKenney convened Lancaster County Circuit Court on March 23.
Richard Walters of Gloucester was arraigned on three felony and two misdemeanor probation violations. Trial was set for May 4.
The case of Robert Paul Lisbon of Lottsburg, charged with felony probation violation, was set for trial May 4.
The case of Floyd Donovan Newton of Richmond, charged with felony probation violation, was set for trial May 4.
The case of Ella Louise Hardy of Kilmarnock, scheduled for a review on a felony conviction for selling a controlled substance, was continued on a motion by defense.
William Morris Noel’s trial on two felony charges of selling Schedule I/II drugs was continued to April 6 on a defense motion.
Deonta Daquan Merrill of Lancaster pleaded guilty to felony distribution of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 10 months in jail, three years supervised probation and ordered to pay court costs of $1,438. He was granted work release. As part of a plea deal, charges of child abuse were nolle prosequi.
Brandon Jeron Curry of Lancaster entered a plea of not guilty to felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance. A pre-sentence report was ordered. He was arraigned on two other pre-trial violations. Trial was set for May 25.
Jamal Dehaven Waddy of White Stone pleaded guilty to felony distribution of a controlled substance. He received an active sentence of three months and was fined $250 and an additional $1,449.20 in court costs. He was granted work release.
Douglas Randell Broadus of White Stone was scheduled for trial on 16 felony and misdemeanor charges, including probation violation and carnal knowledge of a 13/14 year old. The charges were withdrawn.
Steven Noel of Weems was found guilty of an amended charge of felony aggravated sexual battery. A pre-sentence report was ordered. The case was scheduled for June 22. A pre-trial show cause violation was nolle prosequi.
Johnshonika Jashon Le Gregory of Heathsville pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny and illegal entry. She was sentenced to three years, all suspended and two years supervised probation. A third charge of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor was nolle prosequi.
The case against Destiny S. Curry of Kilmarnock, charged with two misdemeanors of contempt of court, was nolle prosequi.
Marvin Wendell Davenport Jr. was arraigned on second degree murder in the 2010 death of Jasmine Smith at a yard party in Nuttsville. He also was arraigned on felony use of a firearm, shooting in commission of a felony and transporting a weapon as a violent offender. A jury trial was set for August 10.
Dexter O’Neil Sutton of Heathsville, was denied bond while awaiting trial on seven counts of felony strangulation, misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member, destruction of property and damaging a phone to prevent a 911 call. Trial was set for June 8.
Correction: Brandon T. Fisher of Lancaster was in court March 16 for a reduction in his restitution payments on a previous sentence. No new charges were filed against him.