This type of question is very commonly asked but no attorney on the internet can answer this type of question without specifics as to criminal history and exactly what the charge(s) are now. He needs to ask his attorney these questions and this will be easy to find out. Then seek info about details of the case, the facts and see what type of case the State has against him. Good Luck
I agree generically with Mr. Earl's very generic answer. What he says is true. However, I'm not sure why a lawyer in Washington state is answering quesrtions about what is presumably a Virginia sentencing hearing.
Your husband's lawyer should have run his VA Sentencing Guidelines. If it's possible to get the B&E dropped, the Guidelines on Grand Larcency are very favorable for a first offense and would likely recommend Probaiton only. If he pled to the B&E and Larceny, Guidelines may be higher. Another factor is the tendency of the Circuit Court judge who'll be sentencing your husband. What Virginia county is the case in?