By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Grand Jury reported Tuesday and returned true bills in several cases presented to jurors following a three-day session plagued with difficulties caused by the unusually severe weather.
The grand jury returned 24 indictments, highlighted by four malicious assaults, one sexual assault, and two child neglect cases. The cases are categorized as follows: 13 property, four violent, three drug cases, one forgery/identity theft, one sexual assault and two child-neglect cases. In addition, several felony cases were resolved through plea agreements during the grand jury session, including two matters involving child neglect.
“I commend the grand jury for the outstanding work ethic demonstrated during this first session,” said Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard. “Despite unbelievably cold temperatures and snow-covered roads, the jurors performed their civic duty without complaint. The grand jury will return on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, for their second session of the term.”
“I also commend the West Virginia State Police, Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and Williamson Police Department for the investigations that resulted in the indictments.”
Following is a list of those who were indicted, as well as the charges brought against them:
Indictment J14-F1; Mark Anthony Dotson, one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F2; Thomas Price, one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F3; Benjamin Ryan Fletcher, one count of malicious wounding and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F4; Terry Michael Jarvis, one count of malicious wounding and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F5; Johnny Kevin Sherpinkas, one count of malicious wounding, battery.
Indictment J14-F6; Debra L. Gauze, one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F7; Acie Dwayne Copley, child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of wanton endangerment.
Indictment J14-F8; Eva Pack, one count each of forgery and uttering.
Indictment J14-F9; Tessa Crile, one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F10; Marvin Crile, one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F11; James D. Fairchild, one count each of third-offense DUI, cultivation of marijuana and person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Indictment J14-F12; John F. McCoy; one count of grand larceny, one count of destruction of property over $2,500 and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F13; Richard Lee Jarvis; one count each of grand larceny, destruction of property over $2,500 and conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F14; Glen Johnson, one count of transferring stolen goods.
Indictment J14-F15; Cheryl Ann Spurlock, one count of third-degree sexual assault.
Indictment J14-F16; Charles Workman, two counts of entering a building other than a dwelling, four counts of forgery and one count of uttering.
Indictment J14-F17; Matthew Thomas Sammons, two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F18; Lacy Elizabeth Smith, three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Indictment J14-F19; Richard Neil Grace, one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver.
Indictment J14-F20; Danni Donahoe; two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury, second-offense DUI and DUI with a minor present.
Indictment J14-F21; Homer Allen Spry; one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy.
Indictment J14-F22; Homer Allen Spry; one count each of burglary and grand larceny.
Indictment J14-F23; Raymond Meade; one count each of nighttime burglary and domestic assault.
Indictment J14-F24; Kenneth Bradley Hall, one count of malicious assault and one count of domestic battery.
(Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.)