Grand larceny sentence in circuit court

In Rappahannock County Circuit Court Dec. 3, a 24-year-old Fredericksburg woman was sentenced to three years in jail (all suspended), and two years of supervised probation, after pleading guilty to grand larceny and other charges.

Judge Herman A. Wisnant also ordered Danielle Marie Hare to undergo substance abuse and mental health counseling and to pay $983 in restitution and $1,264 in court costs.

As part of a plea agreement on Oct. 1, Hare pleaded guilty to one felony charge of grand larceny and two amended charges. Originally charged with entering a structure to commit assault and battery (a felony), she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing after being forbidden to enter property. Originally charged with a second felony count of grand larceny, Hare pleaded guilty to misdemeanor  petty larceny. The three charges stem from the Jan. 28 theft of copper and other metals from Jeffrey Scroggins Jr. and the theft of currency from Frances Pullen on Jan. 20.

Before sentencing, Hare’s lawyer, Kirk Milam, told the court that Hare had been working hard to turn her life around. “She is expecting a child on Jan. 8,” he said, “and Ms. Hare is gainfully employed at Family Dollar.”

Milam asked the court to follow the plea agreement for sentencing, noting that Hare had already spent a month in jail and had also agreed to testify against her co-defendant, Elliott Harding Fox,31, of Spotsylvania.   

Asked if she wanted to make a statement before sentencing, Hare told Wisnant, “I will continue to turn my life around.”

Wisnant replied, “I wish you all the best of luck. It’s all up to you.”

Alcohol and drug charges in district court

In district court Tuesday (Dec. 8), the case of Carolyn Cortney Morrison was continued to Jan. 5. The 42-year old Locust Grove resident was charged non-compliance with the terms of the state alcohol education program (VASAP) and violating probation. Both charges stem from her sentencing for a first offense of DWI.

On July 14, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 85 days suspended, and 12 months of supervised probation. Her license was suspended for 12 months, but she was allowed to apply for a restricted license for limited uses. She was also ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed on her vehicle and attend VASAP.

Sperryville resident Jesus Mato-Morales, 36, pleaded guilty to a first DWI offense. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (all suspended). His license was suspended for 12 months and he was ordered to attend VASAP. Two other charges — refusing a blood or breath test and drinking and driving with an open container — were dismissed.

The case of Samantha Nichole Pruitt, 50, of Orange, on a charge of a second incident of marijuana possession, was continued to Jan. 19.

Dwayne Alan Ryder, 47, of Culpeper, was arraigned on a charge of a second DWI within 10 years. His case was continued to Jan. 19.

Paul Allen Wenner, 56, of Annandale pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and drinking while driving with an open container. His license was suspended for six months, but he may apply for a restricted license for limited purposes. He also must complete the VASAP program and pay a $1,000 fine.

A charge of purchasing or possessing alcohol against Miguel Montana Lorenzo-Day, 20, of Sperryville was dismissed.

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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.