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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 20, 2019

Former McDonald’s employee takes plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | March 11, 2019 8:40 pm

A former employee of the McDonald’s located in the Bottoms Bridge area of New Kent entered a guilty plea to an amended charge as part of Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

Donnell Maurice Comfort Jr., 42, of the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, Richmond, pled guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor embezzlement (originally felony embezzlement) stemming from an offense that took place on Oct. 5, 2017.

In a summary of evidence, Comfort worked as a shift manager at the establishment. During a shift, he removed a large sum of money from the safe and pocketed it. Upon a check of the books, it was discovered that the defendant took the money. Comfort agreed to set up a payment plan with the company to repay the money he took but never followed through with his action.

As part of the plea agreement, Comfort repaid $4,733 to CNA Insurance. He received a 12-month sentence with all time suspended. He must also pay a $500 fine and complete 100 hours of community service.

In other circuit court matters:

–James Everett Edwards III, 22, of the 6400 block of Mihalcoe Lane, Providence Forge, was formally found guilty on one count of possession of cocaine. In June 2017, Edwards entered into a plea agreement where he admitted to having the substance on him during a Mar. 12, 2017 traffic stop. As part of the plea deal, Edwards entered into the first offender’s program. However, the defendant failed to complete the 100 hours of community service and also violated conditions of the program by testing positive for marijuana.

Edwards received a five-year sentence with all but two months suspended on the possession of cocaine conviction. He also received five days in jail after being found guilty on a felony failure to appear charge.

–Quayvon Justice McDaniel, 24, of the 400 block of East Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, entered a straight guilty plea to a lone count of grand theft auto.

In a summary of evidence, on Oct. 5, 2018, a state trooper came upon a broken-down vehicle on Interstate 64 near the 212 mile marker. After running a check on the registration and tags, it was discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen by Yancy Woodward out of Virginia Beach. The trooper spoke with the passengers who said the defendant was driving. After being taken into custody, McDaniel admitted that he had stolen the vehicle.

McDaniel received a five-year sentence with all time suspended. He must pay $3,225.50 in restitution as the vehicle was towed and scrapped for metal.