New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 19, 2017

Providence Forge man admits guilt to stealing lawnmower

By Andre Jones | October 27, 2017 11:01 am

A Providence Forge man who stole a lawnmower entered into a plea agreement as part of Oct. 27 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court.

Anthony David English, 24, of the 11000 block of Greenyard Estates, pled guilty to a single count of grand larceny. One charge of intent to sell stolen property was dropped as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Mar. 3, a Craft riding lawnmower belonging to Ed Branch was confiscated from his front yard. Through some backtracking, Branch discovered his item was in possession of Jared Woodley. Woodley told Branch that he had purchased the item for $40 from English. An investigation ensued and English admitted he was the one who took the item from Branch’s property.

Formal sentencing for English is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2018. Under sentencing guidelines, the defendant could serve a term ranging from one year, one month to two years, two months.

In an unrelated case, another Providence Forge man also entered into a plea deal stemming from a June 22 incident.

Charles Herbert Johnson Jr., 37, of the 4800 block of Cool Hill Road, entered a guilty plea to one charge of felony destruction of property. One count of unauthorized use of a vehicle was dropped as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence, Johnson got inside an excavator belonging to his uncle Linwood Johnson and began to horseplay in it. The defendant’s actions resulted in the vehicle getting stuck in the mud and causing damage to the doors, making the machine inoperable. Cost to replace and repair the doors cost approximately $2,500 apiece.

Under the agreement, a presentence report is being prepared on Johnson with formal sentencing scheduled for Jan. 9, 2018. Sentencing guidelines recommend a range of one day to six months to serve.