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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Man to serve six years for selling nine pills
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Charles Edward Spears

Monday, January 7, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Sontag man will serve six years in prison for selling nine oxycodone pills for $30 each.

Charles Edward Spears, 44, pleaded guilty in November to three counts of distribution of oxycodone.

Spears was sentenced last week to 10 years on each charge, but Circuit Court Judge Stacey Moreau suspended 24 years of the sentence, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage.

Spears was also sentenced to three years probation and 25 years of good behavior, Deatherage said.

Spears was ordered to pay $270 in restitution to the sheriff's office for the money used in controlled drug buys and to cover court costs.

Moreau also suspended Spears' drivers license indefinitely.

Spears will be back in court on Jan. 30 to face charges stemming from a fatal crash on Route 116 in July. He is charged with failure to yield the right of way, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured vehicle and providing false information to a Virginia State Trooper.

Spears was traveling east on Sontag Road (Route 619) in an Isuzu Rodeo on July 7 when he attempted to make a left turn and pulled into the path of a westbound motorcycle, driven by Dennis Keith Eggleston of Martinsville, according to Trooper D.H. Cepelnik with the Virginia State Police. The motorcycle collided with the Rodeo.

The speed of the motorcycle was a factor in the crash, Cepelnik said.

Eggleston, 56, was transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The crash occurred July 7 about 9 a.m. on Route 619, just east of Route 707 (Ashpone Tavern Road).

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