New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 28, 2020

Richmond man admits to stealing copper from Charles City business

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2020 2:54 pm

A Richmond man who stole copper from a Charles City business entered guilty pleas during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court.

Wyatt Jacob Renick, 31, of the 9700 block of Laurel Pine Drive, entered guilty pleas to one count each of grand larceny and selling stolen property. As part of a plea agreement, one count of breaking and entering was dropped.

In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Nov. 4, 2019, the owner of Roxbury Mechanical called for a help of service after he noticed his shop had been broken into. Among items taken were a barrel of copper and a bucker with copper parts. Reviewing surveillance film revealed that Renick who had once worked at the shop, was among one of the people inside the facility. The next day, investigators were able to locate Renick and received information that he was trying to sell the copper. The defendant was arrested and admitted to authorities of his wrongdoing.

A presentence report is being prepared for Renick, with sentencing guidelines recommending a range of one year, 11 months to four years, three months to serve. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20 and Renick will also have to pay restitution as part of his plea agreement.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Jesse Ann White, 35, of the 11000 block of Roxbury Road, received formal sentencing on a lone conviction of possession of a Schedule I/II substance.

White entered a plea agreement during her Sept. 3, 2019 trial. At that trial, evidence revealed that during a search of her vehicle on Apr. 11, 2019, a bottle with methamphetamine pills were located. At her trial, she was given one year to complete the First Offender Program.

During Tuesday’s trial, White had failed to comply with the program as she failed to attend The Counseling Center and also complete volunteer hours. She was formally sentenced on the felony charge, receiving five years with all time suspended.

–Kalynn Marie Wood, 33, of the 4200 block of Lords Lane, Richmond, entered guilty pleas to four amended counts of misdemeanor assault (originally felony assault and battery on a police officer) as part of a plea agreement.

In a summary of evidence, on Nov. 21, 2019, police officers responded to Roxbury Road after learning of an accident where a woman was struck by a vehicle. When state troopers arrived, they saw two females fighting, with Wood being one of the individuals. As she was arrested, she ended up striking officers and biting two officers as well.

Under the agreement, she received 12-month sentences with all time suspended on each of the four charges under the condition that she completes mental health treatment.