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

Providence Forge man to serve year in jail on DUI maiming conviction in Charles City

By Andre Jones | November 6, 2020 12:29 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend 13 months in jail on DUI related crimes after receiving formal sentencing during Charles City Circuit Court proceedings on Nov. 5.

Terrell Jovon Johnson, 35, of the 8800 block of Samaria Lane, received a five-year sentence with four years suspended on one count of DUI maiming stemming from an Oct. 17, 2019 offense. He will also received a 12-month sentence with 11 months suspended for DUI (second offense) conviction, with 20 of those days being mandatory under state statute.

During an Aug. 20 trial, Johnson entered into a plea agreement to the two crimes, with one felony hit and run, one unauthorized use of a vehicle, and misdemeanor driving after forfeiting a license were dropped. At that trial, evidence presented showed that Johnson was at an outing with a friend when he jokingly said he was going to take a vehicle while his friend’s girlfriend was sleeping inside. Johnson, who was intoxicated at the time, got into the car against his friend’s wishes and drove the car. During that car, the vehicle sped up and the defendant loss control of the vehicle, crashing it and injuring the woman inside the vehicle. The woman received permanent damage to her body as a result of the incident and needed several surgeries.

Also, as part of the defendant’s sentence, he must also enter into the Healing Place rehabilitation program upon his release from confinement. Johnson must pay $8,400 in restitution, a fine of $1,000 ($500 suspended), and contribute $50 to the Trauma Center Fund as part of his punishment.

In an unrelated case, a Charles City man entered a plea agreement to one count of abduction and misdemeanor damaging a phone line.

Nathan Wallace Dill, 27, of the 18000 block of The Glebe Lane, entered an Alford Plea of Guilt to the counts stemming from a Dec. 13, 2019 incident. An Alford Plea of Guilt means that while the defendant maintains his innocence, evidence presented in the trial would be enough to convict him of the crime.

In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, a woman called 9-1-1 for help and said that a man wouldn’t let her leave. She reported that the man was also suicidal. An officer arrived and the woman told him that she was going to leave but the man, now identified as Dill, had shoved her and prevented her from calling for help earlier. Dill was arrested on the offenses.

Under the plea agreement, no formal finding will be rendered as Dill will enter into a mental health counseling program that will last for approximately a year. He will remain on probation and if he successfully completes his counseling, the abduction charge will be reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery. Formal sentencing for Dill is expected to take place on Jan. 4, 2022.