Drug and sex charges, others fill court docket

WOODSTOCK — Wednesday’s court proceedings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, heard by Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp, saw a slew of drug cases as well as several cases involving sexual offenses.

The prosecution dropped the two drug related charges against Samantha Burner, of Maurertown, Virginia, stating that they did not have enough evidence to effectively prosecute. Burner was originally facing four drug possession and distribution charges.

Christopher Ramey pleaded guilty to heroin possession, but asked the judge to withhold adjudication, meaning that he would not be convicted of the crime at this time. Under terms of his plea agreement, he must go through one year of supervised probation, and if he violates that probation, then he will be convicted of the charge.

Many of the day’s drug cases were postponed to a later date: William Jenkins’ case was continued to May 24; Shanell Jenkins’ case was continued to May 31; Treshawn Robinson, Erica Dinges, Wayne Shillingburg and Valerie Hall’s cases were continued to June 7; and Joshua Riffey, Becky Pirkheim, and Ricky Wallace’s cases were continued to June 14.

Attorneys for co-defendants Debra Fernandez and Eduardo Fernandez — a Woodstock couple facing child rape charges — are waiting for prior testimony from Sullivan County, Tennessee where the two were originally arrested. Debra Fernandez’s case has been postponed to July 5, and her husband’s case until June 7.

A plea is being worked out in the case for Tina Leith, which was set for trial on Wednesday. She is currently facing six embezzlement charges, and a hearing for the entering of a plea has been set for June 7.

Rebecca Cromer pleaded no contest to the felony charge of receiving stolen goods valued at $426, and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor larceny charge, for which she was sentenced to 60 days in prison. Under terms of her plea agreement, she will serve that time on the weekends.

The prosecution moved that some of Zeb Wilson’s many grand larceny charges be combined, and the defense needs time to decide which of his charges will be tried together. A hearing on that motion was postponed until May 24. Wilson’s two-day trial is currently set to begin on July 27.

Cases for Gary Largent, who is facing abduction and malicious wounding charges, and Erik Zimmerman, who is facing an attempted sexual battery charge, among others, were postponed to June 14. The cases for Edward Roadcap, who is facing larceny, arson and destruction of property charges, and William Holiday, III, who has been charged with indecent liberties with a child younger than 15 years old, were postponed to July 12.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com