Woman Acquitted of Charges


By Linda Cicoira –An Exmore woman was acquitted Monday in Northampton Circuit Court of three felony counts of child abuse/neglect in connection with an incident that occurred April 5. 

Alexandria Colburn Settle, 35, was found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Court records showed Settle crashed her PT Cruiser on Cemetery Road. There were three children, ages 9, 12, and 14, in the vehicle. She tested at .18 grams per 210 liters of breath. The legal limit is .08. 

Settle was given a 30-day suspended sentence and fined $500. Her driver’s license was suspended for a year. 

In another case, Shawn Rodney Thomas Jr., 27, of Wilson Court in Cheriton, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana on Jan. 31. He pleaded not guilty to the crime. A presentence report was ordered. Sentencing was set for Feb. 4, 2020.

Daniel Shane Wood, 29, of Ann Avenue in Exmore, was sentenced to three years in prison each for two counts of forgery with two years and 320 days suspended. The crimes occurred in December 2018 and in January 2019. He was put on supervised probation for two years.

Fred Kennedy Kellam Jr., 30, of Occohannock Neck Road in Exmore, was convicted of the felony of endangering the life of a five-year-old child and the misdemeanor assault and battery of a juvenile on March 1. Sentencing was set for Feb. 10, 2020. Counts of child abuse, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and of committing a willful act of omission in the care of the child “that was so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life” were not prosecuted.

Jamel Anthony Norwood, 26, of Mandrian Loop in Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced to three years and 45 days in prison for selling between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana on March 26. All but 45 days was suspended. Norwood’s driver’s license was suspended for six months. Supervised probation was ordered for two years.