New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 24, 2021

Convicted felon from Toano sentenced to 18 months for possessing ammunition

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:16 pm

A Toano man will spend 18 months in jail after accepting a plea agreement during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

Cody Allan Dobbeck, 26, of the 100 block of Leisure Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon (originally possession of a firearm by a nonviolent convicted felon).

In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 14, 2019, a homeowner heard a gunshot near his house. When he went out to investigate, he saw Dobbeck and questioned him about the sound. Dobbeck told the homeowner that he was the one who discharged the firearm and killed a dear. Dobbeck left the scene and the homeowner wrote down the license plate. Members of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tracked down the defendant, who admitted to firing the weapon.

Under the agreement, Dobbeck received a five-year sentence with three years, six months suspended (one year, six months to serve).

In other circuit court matters:

–Taylor Marie Barker, 22 of the 700 block of Scott Road, Richmond, entered a guilty plea to possession of a Schedule I/II substance.

In a summary of evidence, on May 15, 2020, a New Kent deputy responded to a welfare check to a home on Courthouse Road and encountered the defendant. While interviewing the defendant, he noticed several puncture marks and bruises on her body, as well as items hidden among her. When asked to remove those items, Barker produced a string, cotton swab, and a burnt spoon. The deputy received permission to inspect her vehicle where syringes and a folded piece paper with a white substance was found inside. A test revealed that the defendant was in possession of Fentanyl.

Under the agreement, no formal finding was rendered as she will be placed in the First Offender Program. If she successfully completes the program, the charge will be dismissed.

–Michael Alexander Deane, 20, of the 9500 block of Osborne Turnpike, Henrico entered an Alford Plea of guilt to one count of petty larceny (third or subsequent offense) as part of a plea agreement. A second charge of petty larceny (third or subsequent offense) was dropped. 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 offense.

In a summary of evidence, on June 21, 2020, New Kent officers were investigating a rash of thefts in the Brickshire subdivision. On June 27, they encountered Deane and noticed several items in his vehicle that matched the description of those that were stolen. After obtaining a warrant, it was discovered that a pair of Beats Headphones belonging to Grayson Teller were paired to Deane’s phone. A further investigation revealed that the serial number for those headphones was registered to Teller.

Under the agreement, Deane received a five-year sentence with four years, eight months suspended (four months to serve).

–Howard Lee Travers, 74, of Lanexa, was found not guilty on one count of sexual penetration with an object. The defendant was accused of the alleged event where he and the victim met for him to sell a cake on Aug. 23, 2019. The victim claimed that Travers touched her inappropriately, but evidence and testimony from the victim raised questions with the judge when the victim claimed that they did not know the police could handle the situation. The verdict of not guilty was also rendered when the judge determined possible contradictions with story’s told through witness testimony and the testimony of the victim.