WILLIAMSON - A Kermit man was found guilty last week in Mingo County Circuit Court on robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges, according to Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Teresa D. Maynard.
Maynard said that a jury found James Messer guilty of one count of second-degree robbery, two counts of burglary, and one count of conspiracy. She said that Messer was found not guilty of a second count of conspiracy. The trial, which began with jury selection on Aug. 5 , was held before Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson.
The crimes Messer was charged with were investigated by Deputy E. Williams of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, who, along with the multiple victims, testified for the prosecution. which was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Brown. At the end of the trial, Brown thanked the members of the jury panel for their time and service,
Messer was remanded to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden to await sentencing,, Maynard said. She said Messer faces sentences of five to 18 years with regard to the robbery conviction; one to 15 years with regard to each of the burglary convictions, and one to five years with regard to the conspiracy conviction.
“It is my hope that this verdict will send a powerful message … the Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will aggressively pursue the conviction of those who prey on the members of our community,” Maynard said.