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Lark enters guilty plea for murder

A 24-year-old Pamplin man entered a guilty plea Monday in Prince Edward Circuit Court for the May 2017 murder of a 35-year-old Pamplin man, Donnell M. Green.

According to the Virginia Courts Case Information System, Simon Carl Lark will serve an active sentence of 13 years for charges of second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to 40 years for the charge of second degree murder, 30 years of which will be suspended, and will serve five years of supervised probation for the charge upon release. He will also serve three years in jail for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and will serve three years of supervised probation upon his release.

“My officers responded, and they found the victim … (Green), 35 years old, of Pamplin, had been shot,” said Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed on May 11 at the scene of the murder. “He was transported to (Centra) Southside Community Hospital, (where) he was pronounced dead at that point in time.”

Reed said at the scene of the incident that deputies had one person of interest under arrest, Lark, and they were looking for several others.

Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark said had Lark gone to trial for the charges against him, the commonwealth’s evidence would have shown that Lark went to a residence in Prince Edward County to confront individuals he believed robbed his brother, Mario Redfearn.

“Once there, Lark fired shots into the residence at the location, and Donnell Green, the decedent, was shot in the pelvis area,” Clark said.

Police apprehended Mario, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in connection to the death of Green on June 20. According to a Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office press release, Mario was apprehended without incident on a charge of first degree murder for the death of Green.

Three others have been convicted since that time in connection to impeding the murder investigation.

Tiana Vicktoria Redfearn, of Pamplin, was convicted of providing false information to a criminal investigator in Prince Edward County General District Court on Aug. 8 according to dispositions compiled by the court.

She was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 12 months in jail with six months supervised probation.

According to Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark, Tiana is the sister of Mario and Lark.

“This charge stemmed from the investigation conducted (regarding) Mario Redfearn’s whereabouts after he was charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony,” Clark said, referring to Tiana’s charge of providing false information to a criminal investigator.

Woodlee Jermaine Fraley, 32, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was convicted in Prince Edward General District Court on Aug. 22 of impeding law enforcement and sentenced to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended.

Clark said Fraley, a relative of Mario and Lark, was originally charged with being an accessory after the fact of homicide.

“This charge stemmed from Fraley’s involvement in transporting Mario … to Philadelphia,” Clark said. “He came from Philadelphia to Fredericksburg to pick Mario up.”

She said even though Fraley admitted to picking Mario up, the evidence would have shown that he did not know the extent of Mario’s alleged involvement in the death of Green.

“The evidence would show that (Mario) alleged he was in trouble and had been robbed,” Clark said. “As such, an agreement was reached to amend the charge to obstruction.”

According to Clark, Waymon Clark Jr., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was convicted Sept. 12 in connection with Mario Redfearn, one of two men who were charged with the first degree murder of Donnell M. Green on May 11. He was convicted on a charge of obstruct or resist without force, which was an amended charge from accessory after the fact of homicide.

“Redfearn was located at Clark’s home in Pennsylvania,” Clark said. “The commonwealth’s evidence would have shown that Clark — one of Redfearn’s family members — had knowledge that Redfearn was wanted in Prince Edward County and allowed Redfearn to stay at his home.”

Mario Redfearn will be on trial for first degree murder and use of firearm in the commission of a felony on April 12.