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Courts and Crime

  • Karl enters pleas in child molestation case

        Faced with three charges of aggravated sexual battery against three girls, Douglas Earl Karl Jr, 31, of Amherst, chose to make Alford pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday.
        An Alford plea is when a defendant, while maintaining his innocence, pleads guilty due to the evidence the prosecution has against him. He will serve 18 months in prison as a result of the plea agreement.
        “I plead guilty as it’s in my best interest,” said Karl to the charges.

  • 60-year-old woman guilty of embezzling money from Witt Mechanical

        A 60-year-old Lynchburg woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $100,000 from Witt Mechanical in Bedford over a four-year period beginning in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson entered guilty pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to three counts of embezzlement and three counts of money laundering.

  • Man to spend 3 years in prison for break-ins

        A Bedford man who broke into the homes of three retired Bedford residents pleaded guilty Friday to six felony counts in connection with the break-ins.
        Adam Oldfield, 32, was arrested after he broke into the home of one of the residents who was home at the time. He had busted down the door, and when he was discovered in the kitchen by the resident at her home, Oldfield told her he was there looking for a job. Oldfield left and was later found by police which led them to connect him to some open breaking and entering cases in the area.

  • Bedford man to serve six months on carnal knowledge conviction

        A 24-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the offense.
        Duston Glynn Holdren entered his plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to the felony count of carnal knowledge for an incident that occurred in November 2010. A second charge was set aside and not prosecuted.

  • Bedford man guilty of distributing marijuana

        A 41-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to two counts of distributing marijuana.

  • Five arrests made in home invasion case

        On Sunday, March 6, 2011, at about 4 a.m. a resident of the 1000 block of Gum Street in Bedford contacted the Police Department and reported a robbery. After a lengthy investigation, five defendants in that case are now making their way through the court system.

  • 3 women convicted in welfare fraud cases

        Three recent convictions in connection with welfare fraud charges have been registered in Bedford Circuit Court. Those cases include:

    Sabrina Farmer
        Sabrina Farmer, 36, of Bedford pleaded guilty and was convicted of the amended misdemeanor charge of making a false report to law enforcement in Bedford Circuit Court. She was originally charged with two felonies, one for welfare fraud and one for making a false application for assistance.

  • Man gets 12 months on child porn charges

        Jamey Otis Baker Jr. didn’t want to go to jail. He’d spent a little time there prior to receiving bond after his arrest in December 2012. He didn’t want to go back.
        But Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance felt Baker’s crimes justified jail time. Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike agreed, sentencing Baker to 12 months of active jail time of a 10-year sentence for the possession of child pornography.

  • Killgo enters guilty plea

        The final of five defendants convicted of stealing and destroying a church Nativity scene last December pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday and will spend 60 days in jail for the crime.

         John Morgan Killgo, 20, of Forest, received a 12 month sentence on misdemeanor convictions of destruction of property and petit larceny. Judge James Updike suspended all but two months of that sentence.

  • NC man pleads guilty to exposing himself online

        A 48-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to exposing himself, via a web camera, to what he thought was a minor under the age of 15.