Mount Airy man convicted for ‘crime against nature’


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



DOBSON — A Mount Airy man was convicted of sexual crimes involving a juvenile victim in Surry County Superior Court on July 6.

Donnie Roby Quesinberry, 34, of Austin Drive, had been arrested in September 2012 following a Mount Airy Police Department investigation.

He was charged with eight counts of first degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to court documents.

Last Tuesday, Quesinberry pleaded guilty by Alford decision to two counts of crime against nature.

An Alford plea indicates that the defendant maintains his or her innocence but agrees to be treated as guilty.

District Attorney Ricky Bowman stated in court that the crimes allegedly included physical assault and photographs of the victim, though no images were found on Quesinberry’s phone or computer.

The state’s case primarily depended on the victim’s testimony, according to statements made in court by Ricky Bowman, district attorney.

The plea agreement afforded “some measure of accountability,” Bowman stated, and “prevents the child from having to testify.”

Bowman noted that the victim’s mother was satisfied with the resolution. Neither the victim nor the victim’s mother were present in the courtroom during the hearing.

“There are good reasons for this plea, I ask the court to accept it on behalf of the child,” the district attorney stated.

Defense Attorney Karen Adams informed the court that Quesinberry had maintained his innocence throughout, but did not want to risk a jury trial with “such serious charges,” and noted her client had no felony criminal record.

Presiding Judge Eric Morgan sentenced the defendant to be imprisoned for two six- to eight- month sentences, which were suspended pending the completion of two 30-month periods of supervised probation.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Quesinberry was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s mother and to pay the costs of court.

Other matters of the court addressed during the July term of Superior Court included:

• Colin Dewayne Holiday, 34, of Leonard Road, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana on July 6.

Charges of possession of marijuana up to one ounce and possession of marijuana paraphernalia were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Holiday was given a suspended sentence of six to 17 months and placed on supervised probation for 30 months. He was ordered to complete 24 hours of community service within 60 days.

• Seth Aaron Kernodle, 27, of Ikes Court, Taylors, South Carolina, pleaded guilty by Alford decision to two counts of felony larceny, one count of misdemeanor larceny and possession of methamphetamine. Two counts of felony possession of stolen goods or property, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and resisting a public officer were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Kernodle was sentenced to 10 to 21 months imprisonment, which was suspended pending successful completion of 36 months of supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $450 in total restitution to two victims.

• Jarad Russell Morton, 40, of Worth Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to lesser offenses of misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and misdemeanor maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling on July 6.

Those charges were reduced from felony possession of marijuana and felony maintaining a drug vehicle. Morton also pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.

Through a plea agreement, several misdemeanor motor vehicle violations were dismissed along with felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance.

Morton was ordered to be imprisoned for two consecutive 120 day sentences, which were suspended. He was placed on supervised probation for two 18 month periods, also to be served consecutively, and ordered to complete 24 hours of community service within 60 days.

• Mary Bedsaul Willard, 51, of East Pine Street, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, a class H felony. A felony count of trafficking opium or heroin was dismissed, along with three misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Willard was given an intermediate sentence of 10 to 21 months and placed on supervised probation for 30 months.

• Jackie Odean Kipp, 37, of West Crosswinds Drive, Mount Airy, was imprisoned after pleading guilty to felony charges of breaking and entering and possession of cocaine.

Through a plea agreement, a habitual felon status charge was dismissed along with felony charges of larceny after breaking and entering and maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling.

Misdemeanor charges of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were also dismissed through the plea agreement.

Kipp was given consecutive sentences of seven to 18 months, with 61 days credited for time served, and four to 14 months.

By Terri Flagg

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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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