Grand Jury Indictments

Published 11:42 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The grand jury dealt several indictments on June 8 ranging from second-degree murder to welfare fraud:

• A Meherrin man, Clinton Derek Hughes, was indicted for two charges of drug possession with intent to distribute: one for heroin, one for cocaine. Both offenses allegedly occurred Feb. 24, and he was arrested the same day. Both felonies are unclassified, and can range in punishment from five to 40 years in prison.

• A Victoria man, Joseph Michael Dix, and a Keysville man, Chad Everett Hicks, were indicted for destruction of over $1,000 of property with intent and entering a house with intent to commit a felony. Both allegedly committed the offenses on Oct. 1; Dix and Hicks were arrested four months later on Feb. 9. Their first charge is a class six felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, and their second is unclassified, but can range from one to 20 years in prison; both can be given a prison sentence of less than 12 months or a fine up to $2,500 at the court’s discretion.

• A Buffalo Junction man, Keeshaun Rhyshand Terry, was indicted for second-degree murder, discharging a firearm inside a building, malicious wounding and the grand larceny of auto theft. All offenses were allegedly committed on Feb. 17, and he was arrested on Feb. 22, five days later. He is being tried for two class four felonies, each punishable by two to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, a class three, punishable by five to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, and an unclassified felony, punishable by one to 20 years in prison.

• A Chester man, William Morris Harris, and a Charlotte Court House man, Alex Leon Roberts, were indicted for robbery of a residence, use of a firearm while committing a felony and nonviolent possession of a gun by a felon. All offenses were allegedly committed on April 17; Roberts was arrested on April 27, then Harris two days later. They are being tried for two unclassified felonies and one class six. Class six felonies are punishable by one to five years in prison unless otherwise determined by the judge or jury. Use of a firearm while committing a felony is punishable by a minimum three years’ imprisonment for one’s first offense, increasing to five on subsequent offenses. Convictions of robbery can result in five years to life imprisonment.

• A Drakes Branch woman, Holly Skelton, was indicted for three counts of welfare fraud and one count of failing to notify state of her status change. All offenses allegedly occurred over a six-month span from Dec. 10, 2014, to May 15, 2015. Skelton was arrested on June 14 this year. All of her charges are unclassified and the Virginia code doesn’t provide a minimum or maximum punishment for either charge if convicted.