The list was for praying; Tonya Desiree Scott used it to prey.

On Wednesday morning, the 48-year-old Wytheville resident admitted in court that she used information from a church prayer request list to steal from an elderly woman.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones, Scott burglarized Isabelle Rider’s Wytheville residence last April after learning that Rider had been admitted to Carrington Place. Both women were members of the Wytheville Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Jones said after court.

The prosecutor said that Scott made off with a variety of household items including a TV, rolls of copper wire, coins and camera. Two other suspects not associated with the church were also charged in connection to the thefts, Jones said.

Some of the stolen property was recovered in Scott’s residence and from local pawn shops, Jones said.

Scott pleaded guilty on Wednesday to grand larceny, conspiring to break and enter, and breaking and entering. The commonwealth did not offer her a plea agreement.

Scott’s attorney asked the court to delay sentencing until Sept. 26 to give the probation office time to prepare a report for a judge who will decide her punishment.

Her prior criminal history includes charges of shoplifting, possessing stolen goods, attempting to commit a misdemeanor and assault, according to court records.

Free on bond, she faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison for her crimes.

Ivanhoe man convicted of assaulting officer

A 23-year-old Ivanhoe man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assaulting a deputy who was trying to arrest him last November.

Lewis Edward Newkirk had initially been charged with maliciously wounding Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Coleman, but the charge was amended in court to assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

Newkirk pleaded guilty to the felony charge as well as three misdemeanors – obstructing justice, fleeing from police and assault and battery.

According to police and an evidence summary, Newkirk slammed a glass door on Coleman, which caused him to cut his hands.

A day earlier, Newkirk had assaulted Tommy Dalton, according to evidence.

As part of a plea agreement, Newkirk was sentenced to serve one year in jail with credit for time served while awaiting trial.

He’ll be on probation for two years after his release, during which time he can have no adverse contact with Dalton and will waive his Fourth Amendment protections, which means police can search him or his property at any time without a warrant.

Jeffrey Simmons can be reached at 228-6611, extension 19, or

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