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Former grocer is convicted

Rodney Sparks (Buy photo)

Sentences are suspended except for time already served

By Alex Bridges

FRONT ROYAL -- A former Front Royal business owner was convicted Tuesday of selling mislabeled meat from his store in August.

Rodney Cole Sparks, 55, of 3990 Daisy Court, Monrovia, Md., pleaded no contest in Warren County General District Court to two counts of selling misbranded food at his store at 654 W. 11th St.

The judge sentenced Sparks to six months in jail for each misdemeanor conviction but suspended the entire term except time served.

A deal reached between Sparks' lawyer, Bradley Pollack, and Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden calls for the defendant to surrender his business license. Sparks also agrees to not sell meat or poultry in Virginia.

In exchange for his pleas, Madden asked the court to dismiss Sparks' remaining two citations for failing to keep accurate records pertaining to the sale of the meat. Prosecutors can bring back the two charges under the agreement.

Also on Tuesday, in circuit court, Sparks admitted to violating the terms of his probation imposed as part of his suspended sentence in a previous case. The judge suspended the sentence and ordered Sparks to continue his probation.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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