DOBSON — The announcement that an 18-year-old defendant had earned his GED certificate was met with a “hip-hip-hooray” from Surry County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge A. Moses Massey, who presided over an administrative session of Superior Court that began Monday.
Tyler Dale Barker, of Adams Ridge Road, State Road, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor larceny in December 2013, which was reduced from felony larceny.
Massey granted a Prayer for Judgment Continued for the conviction Monday, after Barker appeared in court in full compliance with the terms of the PJC, which in addition to obtaining his GED or diploma included community service requirements. and payment of costs and fines.
“I congratulate you on the progress you’ve made,” Massey told Barker, recommending he pursue additional education.
“Education fills up wallets and empties courtrooms,” the judge said.
In other matters of the court:
• A felony probation violation was dismissed for Benjamin Shannon Hall, 33, of Pebble Trail, Dobson.
Hall was placed on probation in July 2014 for 60 months after being convicted of attempted assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury, for which he also incarcerated for 12 months in the Department of Adult Corrections.
He had been issued a probation violation after new criminal charges had been filed against him in November 2015.
Those charges, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, injury to personal property and two counts of injury to real property, were dismissed March 8.
According to court documents, the state dismissed the charges because a prosecuting witness or victim failed to appear.
The state dismissed the probation violation because the underlying charges had been dismissed.
• David Comstock, 72, of White Rock Road, Pinnacle, appeared in court for a mandatory three-year review of his probation.
Comstock had been placed on supervised probation for 60 months in May 2012 after pleading guilty by Alford decision to taking indecent liberties with a child.
Fully compliant with the conditions of his probation, Comstock was continued on probation under the same conditions.
• Probation was terminated for Jimmy Lee Philips, 69, of Alcorn Lane, Mount Airy. Phillips had been placed on supervised probation for 48 months after being convicted of larceny by an employee.
His probation was extended at a three year review in December 2015.
Since that time, Phillips completed paying more than $13,099 in restitution and had otherwise been in compliance.
Remaining supervision fees and court costs totaling $2,623 were converted to a civil judgment.
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