New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | December 8, 2019

Former Beaverdam man to serve eight months for carrying brass knuckles

By Andre Jones | November 25, 2019 8:44 pm

A former Beaverdam man will spend eight months in jail after receiving formal sentencing on three charges Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court.

Jacob Earl Lanning, 25, will serve eight months of a 12-month sentence stemming from a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon and 30 days on a misdemeanor distribution of marijuana charge. All five years on a distribution of a controlled substance were suspended.

On Sept. 10, Lanning entered guilty pleas to the charges that stemmed from a Dec. 24, 2018 stop where he was pulled over for speeding. During that stop, a New Kent deputy detected the smell of marijuana and the defendant admitted to having the substance as well as LSD wrapped in paper. A subsequent search of the suspect discovered a set of brass knuckles. He was arrested on the charges.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Andre Tee Hunt, 43, of the 8200 block of Rumley’s Lane, Providence Forge, entered guilty pleas to amended charges of driving without a license (originally driving as a habitual offender) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (originally possession of marijuana) as part of a plea agreement. Hunt admitted to committing the offenses when he was pulled over on Sept. 14, 2018.

Under the agreement, Hunt received a 60-day sentence with all time suspended on the driving without a license charge and a 90-day sentence with all time suspended on the misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia conviction. He must pay a $100 fine on the latter charge.

–Lauren Christine Jarrell, 27, of the 100 block of Seton Hill Road, Williamsburg, entered a guilty plea to a lone count of prescription fraud as part of a plea deal. A charge of attempted prescription fraud was dropped as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on May 9, a pharmacist at the Rite Aid in Bottoms Bridge notified authorities of a possible fake prescription for oxycodone. After receiving information that Jarrell was the suspect due to her using her identification to pick up the drugs, the defendant was located three weeks later in jail. During a jail interview by detectives, Jarrell admitted to the crime and that she was involved in a ring that was passing fake prescriptions in the area.

Under the agreement, Jarrell received a five-year sentence with all time suspended. She is currently facing charges in other jurisdictions.

–Amy Melissa Kelley, 50, of Newport News, entered a guilty plea to a single count of prescription fraud.

In a summary of evidence, on May 20 around 4 p.m. at the Rite Aid in Bottoms Bridge, New Kent deputies responded to a call for service after the pharmacist at the store found out that a prescription for oxycodone was falsified after contacting doctors. The officers located Kelley, the suspect in the matter, just as she was about to exit the store. After doing some research, it was discovered that while information on the prescription was correct, the doctor’s name was spelled incorrectly on the form. Kelley was arrested on the charge.

Under the plea agreement, Kelley received a five-year sentence with all time suspended on the conviction.