New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 18, 2021

Violating protective order four times lands former Quinton man in prison for eight years

By Andre Jones | August 16, 2021 4:45 pm

A former Quinton man who continuously violated court orders not to contact victims will spend the next eight years in prison.

Kyle Robert Crews, 25, formerly of the 1200 block of Quaker Road, received formal sentencing during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

During a June 28 trial, Crews entered guilty pleas to four counts of violating a protective order (third or subsequent offense within 20 years). At that trial, a summary of evidence provided by assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Julie Churchill revealed that the defendant contacted one of the victims on Nov. 12, 2020 through a third-part phone call, texted the same victim on Dec. 11, 2020 through a text message via a third party, sent a birthday card to another victim on Jan. 7 of this year, and four days later sent a picture of himself to the same victim. Churchill also presented documents showing that he had previous convictions in 2018 and 2020 for contacting victims after multiple court orders barred him from actions.

After reviewing the evidence and the defendant’s criminal history, Crews was sentenced to five years in prison with three years suspended on each of the four charges (eight years of active time to serve).

In Monday morning circuit court matters:

–Christopher Erhan Cuttrell, 28, of the 8300 block of Brown Avenue, Sandston, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance and misdemeanor trespassing as part of an agreement.

In a summary of evidence, on Apr. 16, Cuttrell was trespassing on the residence of Nathan Couch Sr. when he was instructed not to be on the property. After officers responded, it was discovered that Cuttrell had dropped a bag on the property with a substance inside of it. The substance was sent off to a lab for analysis and it was determined that it contained Fentanyl, a Schedule II drug that is illegal to possess.

Under the agreement, Cutrell received a five-year sentence with all but three months suspended on the possession of a Schedule I/II drug. All 12 months on the trespassing conviction were suspended.

–Christie Wooten Trisler, 49, of the 7400 block of General Puller Highway, Topping, entered a straight guilty plea to one count of felony embezzlement.

In a summary of evidence, from Jan. 2019 to June 2020, Trisler was employed at the Circle K convenience store near Interstate 64 in New Kent. The owner of the store noticed that cigarettes and cash began to go missing. Upon reviewing video evidence, it was revealed that Trisler had taken more than $1,000 in cigarettes from the establishment, prompting the embezzlement conviction.

A presentence report is being prepared as well as a hearing on restitution as a dispute over if any cash denominations were taken from the register. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

–Christopher Lee Williams, 53, of the 900 block of Crewsville Road, Bumpass, entered a guilty plea to one count of abduction as part of a plea agreement. One charge of misdemeanor sexual battery was dropped as part of the deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Feb. 4 the victim entered into New Kent Sheriff’s Office to report an incident involving Williams. An investigation and testimony from the victim said that Williams had gotten into a physical altercation with them. During the altercation, Williams prevented the victim from leaving out a bedroom door. When the victim was able to get out of the bedroom, they escaped to the bathroom and locked the door to prevent the defendant from entering. Eventually, Williams allowed the victim to leave. The victim proceeded to the sheriff’s office and Williams was arrested.

Under the plea agreement, Williams received a five-year sentence with all but one year suspended.