Guilty pleas fill Warren County court docket

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Circuit Court heard numerous drug cases Monday and several drug offenders, along with other felony offenders, pleaded guilty to some of the charges against them.

Bradley Wyatt, 19, of Front Royal, pleaded guilty to heroin possession. This charge stems from a December 2016 incident where Wyatt admitted to police to having heroin in his wallet. He qualified for first offender probation, which means that the judge will delay a final ruling of guilt upon Wyatt’s completion of one year of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service. This case has been continued to May 22, 2018 for review.

Catherine Williams, 24, of Front Royal, pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl on a charge stemming from a September 2016 traffic stop where a K-9 Unit found drug paraphernalia in Williams’ wallet hidden under the driver’s seat. She also qualified for first offender probation, so final judgement on this case has been postponed to May 22, 2018.

Joshua Cook, 27, of Front Royal pleaded guilty to an amended charge that dropped malicious wounding to unlawful wounding, which carries a lesser charge. Cook was charged in November 2016 after he stabbed a man after an altercation. Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Cook to three years in prison with all but eight months of that time suspended, and three years of supervised probation. He also must not contact the victim and forfeit the knife used in the attack, if Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has it with Cook’s possessions.

Athey also gave a jail sentence to Nekia Martin of Front Royal who tearfully pleaded guilty to assaulting a corrections officer. Martin had been taken to a Warren County emergency room after she was showing signs of public drunkenness. When officers from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail came to apprehend Martin, she responded by attacking the officers — one officer was scratched during the incident. Martin was sentenced to two years imprisonment with all but eight months suspended — six of those months are the mandatory minimum.  Martin was immediately taken into custody.

Jordan Eury, 18, of Front Royal, pleaded guilty to obtaining more than $200 under false pretenses, petit larceny, and two counts of credit card fraud. He was involved in an October 2016 incident where he sold a stolen ATV to one man for $800, and another incident in February 2017 involving a woman allowing Eury and his friends to buy some items from a convenience store, but the teens took over $600 from separate ATMs. Eury was sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment with all but 12 months suspended. He must also pay the victims of the crimes he was involved in.

Athey expressed concern at seeing someone as young as Eury in circuit court, and advised Eury to exhibit better behavior in the future because he has his “whole life” ahead of him.

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