The first circuit court session of 2014 was a busy one, as Monday (Jan. 13) saw five people sentenced on a variety of charges, ranging from violating probation to public swearing and intoxication.
Chester Gap resident James Robert Williams was the man charged with the latter; the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to public swearing and intoxication, as well as one count of possessing marijuana. Summarizing evidence for the court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff said that Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Coglin responded to complaints of an “unruly subject” in Chester Gap on Aug. 13.
After arriving on the scene, Coglin spotted Williams, who promptly fled, Goff said, and temporarily eluded Coglin. Williams returned to the scene shortly thereafter; Coglin eventually subdued him with a taser gun after Williams became agitated. Coglin also found a small bag of marijuana in Williams’ pocket.
Goff and Peter Garrity, Williams’ defense counsel, recommended Judge Jeffrey W. Parker honor a plea agreement and sentence Williams to 12 months in jail (all suspended), one year of supervised probation, 24 hours of community service, a $1,500 fine ($750 suspended) and a six-month loss of license.
After a moment of consideration, Parker accepted the agreement, but cautioned Williams that “this is a close one . . . If you use marijuana and you test positive for it, you’ll likely be here in front of me again and you will serve all of that time. That’s 12 months, Mr. Williams. That’s real time.”
Aleksey A. Galkin, 24, pleaded guilty to speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour, qualifying it as reckless driving. Goff said the RCSO clocked the Alexandria resident doing 105 on U.S. 211 — a posted 55 mile per hour zone — on his Kawasaki motorcycle on June 15.
Galkin apologized to the court for his actions, but still drew some criticisms from Parker. “You just drive too fast,” Parker said. “I can almost understand speeding, but not this blasted fast.”
Parker then sentenced Galkin to 90 days in jail (82 suspended), 24 hours of community service, imposed a $1,500 fine ($1,000 suspended), suspended his license for one month and placed him on two years of probation (supervised until completion of community service). Parker also acquiesced to Galkin’s request for a delay in reporting to jail — though not as long as Galkin would have liked.
“You have until a week from Friday [Jan. 24] at 8 p.m.,” Parker said. “No more that that. You’re not making vacation reservations.”
Federico Lucas Morales, 44, of Woodville, also pleaded guilty to a traffic violation — in this case driving without a proper license. Goff said Deputy Settle stopped Morales on U.S. 522 on July 6, adding Morales readily admitted he had no license. Parker sentenced him to 90 days in jail (88 suspended, with credit for time served), imposed a $750 fine ($400 suspended) and placed him on one year of unsupervised probation.
In the first of two probation violations, Kevin Paul Peebles pleaded guilty after failing testing positive for cocaine on Oct. 8. “I have no excuse,” the 51-year-old Front Royal resident admitted. “I have been on drugs since childhood; I was exposed to them by my parents. But I’m at fault for not seeking help.”
Peebles told Parker he had recently completed an in-patient substance abuse program and asked that he be allowed to report to jail after completing the outpatient services. “I’m going to acknowledge that you’re trying,” Parker said, imposing a two-month sentence and placing Peebles on two years of supervised probation. He did not, however, grant a delay in Peebles’ sentence, saying he could seek the same outpatient services after serving his sentence.
David Andrew Herrell, 33, also pleaded guilty to one probation violation after testing positive for illegal substances eight times in five months. “I have a problem,” Herrell admitted to the court. “But I’m trying to get help for it.” For his sentence, Parker reimposed 18 months of a previously suspended sentence, resuspending all but six months, and placed Herrell on two years of supervised probation.
Five people were indicted on a variety of felony charges by a grand jury convened Monday afternoon.
Jennifer Groover was indicted on two charges: one felony count of possessing morphine and one count of possessing or distributing controlled paraphernalia. D’Angelo A. Robinson was also indicted on a felony charge — possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Young Castleton resident Jeremy Dylan Newcamp, 18, who is already facing a Feb. 25 trial for breaking and entering, grand larceny and entering a structure with the intent to commit larceny, was indicted on one charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
Steven Lynwood Comer was indicted on one felony charge possessing methamphetamine, while Kenneth Lee Harmon was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).