New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 19, 2019

Providence Forge man to spend year in jail for stealing car from job’s parking lot

By Andre Jones | November 27, 2018 12:49 am

A Providence Forge man who stole a vehicle from a former place of employment accepted a plea deal during Monday morning procedures in New Kent Circuit Court.

Taz Elliot Fisher, 39, of the 9200 block of Boulevard Road entered guilty pleas to one count each of grand theft auto (originally unauthorized use of a vehicle) and misdemeanor driving suspended.

In a summary of evidence presented by special prosecutor Matthew Kite, on May 8 a New Kent deputy responded to Eddie’s Garage after Joseph Allen reported his car was missing. Allen said that he had left his car there for repairs and was notified by the owner that it was ready. A witness told the deputy that he saw Fisher, who worked at the garage at the time, drive the vehicle away. The car was found at the defendant’s home and upon an investigation, it was determined that Fisher did not have a valid driver’s license.

Under the plea agreement, Fisher received a 20-year sentence with 19 years suspended on the grand theft auto conviction (one year to serve). All 12 months on the driving suspended charge was suspended, but the defendant must pay $214 in restitution.

In other Monday morning cases in New Kent Circuit Court:

–Corey Brian Lemons, 46, of the 13000 block of Cypress Drive, Lanexa, pled guilty to one charge of possession of cocaine as part of a plea agreement. One charge of misdemeanor driving suspended was dropped.

In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Feb. 20 a New Kent deputy conducted a traffic stop near Lanexa Plaza on a vehicle that did not stop before entering the highway. The officer noticed the scent of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Lemons, now identified as the driver, stepped out the vehicle and was searched and had nothing on him. However, a search of the car resulted in the discovery of a clear bag with a white substance. The white powdery substance was identified as cocaine through a lab test conducted later, and Lemons admitted to the officer that he was addicted to the substance.

Under the plea agreement, all five years on the possession of cocaine charge was suspended but the defendant was placed on probation over that time frame.

–Kenrick Vincent Paul, 40, of the 4200 block of Hyde Park, Chester, entered Alford Pleas of guilt to misdemeanor charges of assault and battery on a family member, damaging a phone line, and violating a protective order as part of a plea deal. One charge each of felony pickpocketing and strangulation were dropped. An Alford Plea means that while the defendant maintains his innocence, evidence presented would be enough to convict him of the offense.

In a summary of evidence presented by special prosecutor Clay Blanton, on July 26, Paul was living with a family member in New Kent when an argument ensued over the cleanliness of the residence. During that altercation, Paul pushed the victim down on the couch and then on the floor. The victim managed to run upstairs, but the defendant followed and ripped the phone from the jack. The victim left and contacted authorities and the defendant was arrested. While incarcerated, Paul sent a letter to the victim, violating a protective order that had been issued due to the aforementioned incident.

Under the agreement, Paul received a 12-month sentence with six months suspended (six to serve) on the assault and battery of a family member. All 12 months were suspended on the damaging a phone line charge, while he will serve 10 days of a 12-month sentence stemming from violating the protective order.