Plea entered in robbery case

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A 22-year-old Suffolk man knows he will likely do some time behind bars, but he is hoping that a plea agreement his attorney entered into Monday will keep him

from spending the rest of his life locked up.

Tawan Donshey Brown was before Judge Rodham T. Delk Monday morning,


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charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The maximum prison time allowed on each offense is life, three years (mandatory) and 10 years respectively.

Through his lawyer, Anthony Nicolo, of Portsmouth, Brown pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of accessory after the fact to robbery on the first offense. The lesser charge carries a maximum 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Delk, following required protocol, then asked the defendant a litany of questions, including, did he understand what making such a deal meant, was he aware that by pleading guilty he gave up any opportunity of appeal, that there was no agreement on the sentencing portion, did he enter into the agreement freely, that pleading guilty could impact any current parole or probation he was currently under, and was he aware that the court did not have to accept the terms?

After satisfying himself that Brown understood the situation, Delk accepted the agreement, pending a pre-sentence report due Feb. 28, 2007. He also allowed Brown to remain on bond until then.

In other matters:

– The case of Reginald Bernard Beamon, charged with possession of cocaine, was continued until Dec. 7 for a court-ordered evaluation. He was remanded to jail.

– John Henry Davison’s bond was revoked and a trial date of Nov. 29 was set for assigning counsel.

– Kevin Barnes, charged with unauthorized use and grand larceny, had his case continued until Dec. 16 for determination of counsel.

– Jerry King has his case continued until Jan. 3, 2007, for determination of counsel. He is charged with violating his probation.

– Eric Crafton, who was in court to appeal a General District Court conviction of assault and battery, withdrew his appeal. He was instructed to pay court costs and any fine.

– David Willis, appearing for a six-month review of his case, had it continued until Jan. 1, 2007, because the necessary documents were not available.

– Dyanna Hawkins, appealing a conviction of a city dog ordinance, had her case continued until Jan. 17, 2007.

– Antron Brown had his review continued until Jan. 22, 2007 due to the lack of necessary documentation.

– Robert Menot was given until Jan. 17, 2007 to hire an attorney.

– Felicia Mizell had her appeal of a lower-court decision continued until Feb. 21, 2007.

– Jamie Richards has his appeal of a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court conviction continued until Jan. 25, 2007.

– Jeremy David McCuiston was given until Dec. 14 to hire an attorney.

– Rodney Jackson, charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, was given until Dec. 27 to hire an attorney.