Jonathan Craig was in Northampton County Circuit Court Monday on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, to obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Jones told the court a plea agreement had been reached reducing all 3 charges to misdemeanor. Jones explained to the court that the defendant was from Norfolk but had been working on the Eastern Shore when Officer Bailey clocked him southbound at 76 mph in a 55 miles zone. After a routine stop it was discovered the defendant did not have a license and he attempted to flee on foot. Since there was no other driver in the automobile the car was subsequently impounded and a inventory of the car found 1 ½ ounces of marijuana and a digital scale. Deputy Lewis had arrived on the scene when the defendant fled and made the arrest when he found the defendant in the woods on his cell phone.
Judge Lewis accepted the plea after Jones explained there were some issues with the search that led him to make the plea agreement. Jones also told the court that the defendant had a record spanning approximately 15 years and included eluding, grand larceny, possession 3 rd offense, receiving stolen goods and two cases involving illegal drugs. Defense attorney Morris told the court that this defendant did provide for his family which included his girlfriend and 5 children and that he had a job to return to upon his release. Morris then asked the judge to sentence the defendant to time served.
Judge Lewis told the defendant that he had spent more than one half of his life in prison and that he did not understand why he would be anywhere near any illegal substances. Lewis then sentenced the defendant to 12 months for the possession charge suspending it all but 5 months, to 12 months on the obstruction charge suspending it all but 4 months, and to 12 additional months for the resisting arrest suspending all of that but 4 months giving the defendant a total of 13 months active jail time with good behavior for 5 additional years.