New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 1, 2020

New Kent felon to serve three years for firearm, burglary crimes

By Andre Jones | June 10, 2019 4:35 pm

A New Kent man will spend the next three years incarcerated after receiving formal sentencing for possessing a gun and committing a burglary.

Todd Anthony Clements, 36, of the 6600 block of Putneys Mill Road, learned his fate during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

During a Mar. 4 trial, Putney entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon, grand larceny, and burglary. In a summary of evidence at that trial, it was revealed that Clements had stolen a firearm from his father on Sept. 20, 2018, and stolen tools from the residence on Paul Simpson between Oct. 19-20, 2018. Those items were recovered at a pawnshop where the defendant had sold them and when confronted, Clements said that he sold the gun in Richmond in exchange for heroin and pawned the stolen items for money to purchase the drugs.

Clements received a five-year sentence with three years suspended on the possession of a firearm conviction. The two years of active time on that sentence is mandated by state statute. He also will serve one year on the burglary charge, with the other 19 years suspended. All 20 years on the grand larceny charge were suspended, but the defendant must pay restitution in the amount of $1,640 to Paul Simpson. Clements was also ordered into the ORBIT program for rehabilitation.

In other circuit court matters that took place Monday in New Kent:

–John Nicholas Beach, 27, of the 8300 block of Warriner Road, Sandston, received formal sentencing on a lone count of possession of a controlled substance (Fentanyl). During an Apr. 22 trial, a summary of evidence revealed that Beach had overdosed on the substance and was revived at the scene. The defendant admitted possessing the drug and entered a guilty plea at the trial.

Beach received a five-year jail sentence with four years, six months suspended (six months to serve).

–Richard Cameron Custalow, 25, of the 4900 block of Gray Bark Court, New Kent, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice by force (originally assault on a law enforcement officer) and misdemeanor brandishing a firearm.

In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Feb. 1 Custalow was pulled over after failing to yield in the traffic circle at the intersection of New Kent Highway (Route 249), Airport Road, and Tunstall Road. After the responding deputy received information that the defendant had a warrant for his arrest, he attempted to remove the defendant from the vehicle. Upon the struggle, the officer saw Custalow pull out a gun and retreated for cover as the driver exited.

After a second deputy arrived, Custalow held the gun up to his head and threatened to commit suicide. Through negotiations and expertise of responding officers, the defendant put down his gun an hour later and peacefully surrendered to officers. Further investigation revealed that the defendant was under the influence of heroin and battling depression at the time.

Custalow received a 12-month sentence on the obstruction of justice conviction. All 12 months on the brandishing a firearm charge were suspended.

–Matthew Stephen Jordan, 21, of the 2400 block of Middle Avenue, Norfolk, accepted terms of a plea agreement and pled guilty to one count of credit card larceny.

In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 3, 2018 Jordan was a passenger in a van that was stopped for speeding westbound on Interstate 64 in New Kent. During the traffic stop, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana and searched the vehicle. In the search, he discovered a credit card and credit card machine. A specialist on credit card fraud arrived and discovered that two cards in the possession of Jordan had magnetic strips that did not match the name on the card. Jordan, along with co-defendants Jared Elijah-Thor Flynn, 20, and William Cardell Spencer, 23, both of Norfolk, were arrested at the scene.

Jordan received a five-year sentence with all time suspended. He must pay a $500 fine for his crime.

–Adrianna Breshae McDuffie, 25, of the 13000 block of Twins Lane, Charles City, accepted a plea deal and entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor embezzlement (originally felony embezzlement).

In a summary of evidence provided by assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, around Apr. 1, 2018, McDuffie worked as a manager at the McDonald’s of Bottoms Bridge. During that time, it was revealed that she forged refunds and pocketed money. The owner of the store noticed differentiating figures in his account books and notified investigators. Video evidence along with an interview led to McDuffie confessing to the crime.

Under the plea agreement, McDuffie received a 12-month sentence with all time suspended. She must pay $105 in restitution back to T.C. Bishop of Southpark Inc., the company that owns McDonald’s of Bottoms Bridge.