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Shacklefords man to serve two years for attempting to distribute drugs in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | February 23, 2021 12:42 am

A Shacklefords man will spend the next two years for possessing illegal drugs after agreeing to the terms of a plea agreement Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court.

Mason Michael Hurley, 20, entered guilty pleas to two counts of possession of a Schedule I/II substance with intent to distribute. One charge of conspiracy to violate the drug act was dropped as part of the deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Mar. 9, 2020, Hurley was the passenger sitting in a van at 7-Eleven in New Kent that was being observed by authorities. When authorities approached and searched the defendant, a bookbag was recovered. Inside of the bag was a digital scale, methamphetamine, and $530.01, resulting in the distribution charge and subsequential conviction.

Under the plea agreement, Hurley received a 10-year sentence with eight years suspended (two years to serve) on one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance with intent to distribute. All 10 years on the second count were suspended.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Colleen Elizabeth Buscarino, 24, of the 1200 block of Riverside Drive, Lanexa, had one charge of misdemeanor embezzlement dismissed after a contested trial. The defendant was able to prove her innocence from a charge lodged against her that she allegedly stole money while employed at Rick’s Deli on Apr. 3, 2020.

–DeJahn Christopher Dixon, 24, of the 3800 block of Stateflower Court, Portsmouth, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and reckless driving

In a summary of evidence, Dixon was driving recklessly when a police officer pulled him over on Aug. 1, 2020. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the officer noticed the illegal substance and subsequently took Dixon into custody.

Under the plea agreement, he received a 12-month sentence with all time suspended on the misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge and reckless driving charge. He must pay a fine of $500.

–Raymond Wayne Link Jr., 53, of the 7200 block of Creekride Road, Richmond, entered a guilty plea to one count of misdemeanor assault and battery on a family member as part of a plea agreement. One charge of strangulation was dropped and one count of violation of pretrial bail services was dismissed.

In a summary of evidence, on Sept. 4, 2020, Link and a family member got into an argument that escalated to a physical confrontation. Link kicked the family member in the stomach four times before being arrested two months later.

Under the plea agreement, Link received a 12-month sentence with six months suspended (six months to serve). He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim.