The road leads to indictments for four

Four people were indicted by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury Monday (Jan. 12), all for driving-related offenses.

Two Culpeper men, Robert Conrad Butler, 40, and Jesse Owens Clark, 27, were indicted for their involvement in an accident occurring Oct. 12. Butler faces DUI and hit-and-run charges after police said he caused and then fled a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. 522 in Scrabble. Clark, a passenger in the vehicle, was indicted for failure to report the accident.

Terry Denvell Collins, 58, of Washington, was indicted for driving after being found a habitual offender. Clayton Douglas Willard, 36, of Amissville was indicted for DWI after a prior related felony conviction.

Also in Circuit Court on Monday:

• Shalonda Latay Clanagan, 20, of Washington, was sentenced on two charges of grand larceny. Clanagan was originally charged Aug. 21 after she allegedly obtained and illegally used the checking account information for the Rappahannock Food Pantry — for which she was performing court-mandated community service as part of a sentence on an embezzlement conviction in Fauquier County in April.

Before sentencing, Clanagan’s court-appointed attorney, Grainne McAnaney, asked the court to consider that her client had used the money to pay her phone bill, not to make frivolous purchases. In addition, Clanagan’s grandfather is ill and relies on her for caregiving.

Judge Jeffrey W. Parker responded by saying, “The court is disturbed about stealing from a charity and during performance of community service for another offense.” He sentenced Clanagan to two years in prison, with all but nine months suspended, and two years of supervised probation.

• Thomas William Jenkins was sentenced Monday in Circuit Court for possession of a controlled substance. The 21-year-old Luray resident was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy on Feb. 24. While emptying his pockets to prove he wasn’t carrying anything illegal, a plastic bag fell out, which Jenkins attempted to hide — by kicking it — under the car. The bag was found to contain oxycodone. Jenkins was sentenced to 18 months of community service under supervised probation. His license was suspended for six months, and he was ordered to go through the state’s alcohol safety program.

Granted “deferred disposition,” if Jenkins completes his sentence within 18 months without further violations, his record will reflect that he was not convicted of the felony.  

• Miriam White, 52, of Marshall, was granted work release while serving her jail sentence. On Nov. 10, White was remanded to jail after losing an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court of the verdict in her 2012 conviction. The former Sperryville tenant of James William “Bill” Fletcher III was sentenced to eight months in jail for four counts of grand larceny. On Sept. 20, 2012, a jury convicted White of the charges for cutting and selling timber on Fletcher’s property without his permission.

• Bryant A. Fletcher III, 31, of Washington was sentenced on a felony charge of eluding police and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. On a motorcycle in June of 2014, Fletcher led Virginia State Police and Rappahannock County Sheriff’s deputies on a 31-mile chase from Massies Corner south through Sperryville into Culpeper County, at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Rappahannock County Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, in recommending the sentence to Judge Parker, said he was disturbed by the rising incidence of high-speed chases while eluding police officers. “I don’t know if these people have a desperado complex or are thrill seekers, but it’s just a matter of time before there is a serious injury,” he said.

Parker, agreeing with Goff, said: “In the 13 years I have been a judge here, I’ve observed that [high-speed chase] cases have increased by 100 percent, maybe 200 percent. I don’t know why. Maybe the perpetrators see it in movies, maybe they have a general disrespect for the law, but these cases are possibilities for catastrophe.”

For the charge of eluding the police, Parker sentenced Fletcher to three years in the penitentiary, with 18 months suspended, and a one-year suspension of his driver’s license. For the charge of driving under a suspended license, Fletcher received a sentence of 120 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, two years’ supervised probation, and was ordered to pay court costs of $750 with all but $250 suspended. A reckless driving misdemeanor charge was dismissed.    

• Cody Dane Perkins, 23, of Centreville, was sentenced on one felony count of eluding police. According to the police report, Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Koglin clocked Perkins going more than 90 mph on June 12. Koglin chased Perkins about eight miles west on U.S. 211, and over the Rappahannock-Page County border, the complaint states. Shortly thereafter, Perkins was “boxed in by two deputies,” who also discovered Perkins was driving on a suspended license and wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Before sentencing, Goff again expressed his concern about high-speed chases and, given Perkin’s criminal record, recommended the highest sentence under sentencing guidelines. Goff said, “Perkins presents a clear and present danger.”

Judge Parker sentenced Perkins to five years in the penitentiary, with two-and-a-half years suspended, two years of supervised probation, and one year suspension of his driver’s license.

• Kathryn Rebecca Teel, 29, of Middletown, faced having her probation from previous charges revoked. Goff described Teel’s case as a “good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that the charges she faced in Warren County have been dropped, so there is no need to revoke her probation. The bad news is that she hasn’t completed paying the $1,500 court costs stemming from those charges.”

Parker extended her unsupervised probation for one year and ordered her to pay the remaining $1,431 in outstanding court costs.

Sheriff’s Report

Jan. 3: Deputy M. Dodson stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on U.S. 211 near Washington, and arrested Paul Wilson Northam, 43, of Clifton, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. While investigating a motor vehicle crash on F.T. Valley Rd., Deputy C. Koglin came in contact with Jennifer Marie Wright, 32, of Orange. Wright, who was wanted in Orange on undisclosed charges, was charged with providing false information to avoid arrest.

Jan. 2: Deputy C. Koglin stopped a vehicle in the area of Thornton Gap Church. James Allen Merica, 26,  of Shenandoah, was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Joshua Tyler Plum, 24, of Shenandoah, who was charged with driving while suspended, possessing drug paraphernalia and giving a firearm to a convicted felon.

Dec. 30: Koglin stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Gay Street and Warren Avenue in Washington operated by Brett Nelson Jenkins, 51, of Washington, who was subsequently arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Dec. 29: Dodson stopped a vehicle on U.S. 522 near West Lane. Subsequently, Turner A. Hoornbeck, 21, and Thomas H. Hoornbeck, 21, both of Pittsford, N.Y., were charged with possession of marijuana.

Dec. 25: Koglin stopped a vehicle on Viewtown Road operated by Richard R. Farnham, 52, of Culpeper, who was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Koglin also stopped a vehicle on U.S. 522 near in Flint Hill for a traffic violation, charging Angel L. Crawford, 43, of New York, N.Y., with possession of marijuana.

Dec. 18: Following an incident at a residence in Rappahannock County, Deputy W. Ubben arrested Richard Matthew Lee, 28, of Sperryville. Lee was charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery and being drunk in public.

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Writer, consultant, actor, director, recovering stand-up comic, Patty covers the county’s courts and other topics of interest for Rappahannock News. She lives with her grape-growing husband Bill Freitag in Flint Hill.