By Nancy Drury Duncan —
A $50,000 bond was reduced to $25,000 for Domnique Rashad Wescott, 27, of Painter. He is charged with malicious shooting and maliciously shooting at an occupied building and related firearm charges. “He has no criminal record whatsoever,” said defense attorney Andre Wiggins. He said Wescott’s father, with whom Wescott planned to live in Norfolk, was ill and could not work. “They are falling short of the money needed,” Wiggins said.
Wescott’s charges stem from what Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan described as an April shootout involving multiple people at a trailer park in the northern part of Accomack County. A man was shot, and he identified Wescott as the man who shot him.
Morgan opposed Wescott’s admission to bail at his May hearing, calling him, “A threat to the community.” Morgan also opposed the bond reduction, saying, “The commonwealth finds the amount appropriate.”
“There are several serious charges,” said Judge W. Revell Lewis III, noting that a person is presumed to be innocent. He ordered the bond to be reduced to $25,000 and said all the other conditions of Wescott’s release including supervision by pre-trial services will continue as previously ordered.
Shauntea Arnez Giddens, 43, of Nassawadox, will spend two years in jail for distribution of cocaine. He entered into a plea agreement with the commonwealth earlier this year. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail with eight of those years suspended and was ordered to be on supervised probation for three years. He is required to be on good behavior for five years or face the time that was suspended.
John Higgens O’Brien III, 32, of Painter, was arraigned for manslaughter, DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane as a result of a January 9 incident. O’Brien pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested that he be tried in a bench trial. His trial is set for November 10. O’Brien is currently free on bond.
Natisha T. Creecy, 45, of Pocomoke City, Md., was found guilty of violating the terms of her probation for absconding from supervision. She also has not continued to pay restitution. She owed $11,980 and has only paid a little over $2,000 since her 2017 conviction of embezzling from the New Church Royal Farms where she worked. The embezzlement occurred between April through August 2016. “She took a substantial amount,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan. “One to three dollars each time added up over time. It is going to take her some time to pay the restitution.” At the trial, Morgan explained her meth- od. “She stole money three different ways,” he said. “She scanned items, totaled the amount, voided the transactions, and pocketed the cash. She said she also used a refund scam where she used receipts left by customers and removed the cash from the register later.” He said she also failed to ring up merchandise for some customers.