New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | December 12, 2019

Former New Kent Burger King employee pleads guilty to petty larceny

By Andre Jones | September 10, 2019 12:50 am

A Glen Allen woman who used to work at the Burger King in the Talleysville area of New Kent has entered a guilty plea to petty larceny (third or subsequent offense) during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

Ashlye D. Lions, 31, of the 8800 block of Trolley Lane, admitted to the crime as part of a plea agreement reached.

In a summary of evidence presented by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, on May 19, a New Kent deputy was called to the restaurant after the store manager had conducted an internal investigation and discovered money was missing. The manager showed footage to the deputy that showed Lions going into a safe multiple times and removing what eventually was determined to be $240 in cash. When the deputy conducted an interview, Lions wrote in a statement that she committed the offense and the officer took her into custody.

Under the plea agreement, Lions received a two-year sentence with one year, three months suspended (nine months to serve). She has paid the $240 in restitution that she took from the restaurant.

In an unrelated case, a Beaverdam man entered guilty pleas to three charges that stemmed from a Christmas Eve traffic stop last year.

Jacob Earl Lanning, 25, of the block of Old Ridge Road, pled guilty to one count each of an amended charge of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon (originally possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon), distribution of a controlled substance (LSD), and misdemeanor distribution of marijuana less than one-half ounce.

In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 24, 2018, a New Kent deputy clocked a vehicle traveling over the speed limit on Pocahontas Trail (Route 60) and initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the driver, identified as Lanning, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. When questioned by the deputy, Lanning admitted that he had marijuana in the vehicle and also had LSD wrapped in paper. A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted, with the items the defendant had spoken about recovered. When Lanning was searched by the officer, a pair of brass knuckles were discovered in his pocket, prompting the carrying of a concealed weapon charge. The last item found in the defendant’s vehicle was a digital scale, presumed to be used to measure the drugs he had on him.

Under the agreement, a presentence report is being prepared to determine if the defendant will be eligible for the CCAP program. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 25, but sentencing guidelines recommend a range of nine months to one year, eight months to serve.