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8/12/2017 - Wachapreague Man To Serve Jail Time for Writing Bad Check - Click here to print this information

By Wesley Edwards

William Tatum of Wachapreague was convicted on June 22, 2017 for writing a bad check to Onancock Building Supply for $736. At his trial, judge Lewis explained that he was facing a 5 years a $2,500 fine plus court cost possibility at sentencing.

Commonwealths Attorney Spencer Morgan on Thursday told the court that restitution had been made in full including bank charges but this defendant had a prior check charge and conviction in 2004. Defense attorney Carl Bundick responded stating that the defendants health was the issue and cause for this bad decision and that they were asking for no jail time so that he may resume or continue his job.

Judge Lewis then recognized the fact that restitution had been paid in full but told the defendant that he needed to see the inside of the jail therefore he was sentencing him to one year with all but 15 days suspended with unsupervised probation for the balance of the 3 years. The defendant was then remanded to the custody Sheriff to begin his sentence.

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