The following case was decided Thursday in Appomattox County Circuit Court with Judge S. Anderson Nelson presiding and Commonwealth’s Attorney Les Fleet as prosecutor:
Dakota Blake Fitzgerald, 23, of Madison Heights, was granted a $20,000 secured bond while he awaits trial on charges of robbery with a gun and armed burglary.
Fitzgerald was allegedly involved in a Jan. 27 armed home invasion in Concord.
In Fleet’s case summary, he stated that Fitzgerald was the driver of the “getaway” van in assisting the other co-defendants in the case. The van was spotted by police within minutes after receiving a description of the vehicle.
Fleet also stated that Fitzgerald’s criminal history includes marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon.
Fleet requested that bond be set at $100,000 while defense attorney Joseph Sanzone asked for a $10,000 bond.
Two other co-defendants had June 13 bond hearings.
Melvin Edward Lee Martin, 31, of Appomattox, was denied bond. Christian Matthew Hall, 23, of Lynchburg, was granted a $100,000 secured bond with conditions attached.
A third co-defendant, Erica Leigh Mays, 37, of Madison Heights is scheduled for trial in Appomattox County Circuit Court on Aug. 15.
Conditions of Fitzgerald’s bond include living with family, seeking and maintaining employment, a 7 p.m. curfew if not at work, no alcohol or drug use, and an order to remain in Virginia.
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