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WILLIAMSON Nine persons have entered guilty pleas to various felony charges in the past several days in Mingo County Circuit Court and await sentencings during November and December.
Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks, who represented the state of West Virginia in six proceedings last week, said the prosecutors office thus far has obtained felony convictions in 142 cases during 2009.
Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced Jerry Lee Berry, 48, Gilbert, on Nov. 5, to serve not less than one year nor more than three years on his plea of guilty to possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Alprazolam) with intent to deliver. Sparks noted that Alprazolam is more commonly known by the brand name, Xanax.
Berry waived the right to a presentence investigation and received his sentence to confinement in a state correctional facility. He also was fined $1,000 and received dismissal of another charge contained in his September 2009 inictment.
Attorney Ronald J. Rumora represented Berry. Senior Trooper L.T. Goldie Jr. of the West Virginia State Police was the investigating officer in this case.
Three defendants who were indicted by the September 2009 grand jury, appeared before Thornsbury Nov. 9 and will be incarcerated in Southwestern Regional Jail pending a return to court for sentencing. Those three, the charges and dates of sentencing are as follows:
Toby Nathaniel Blevins, 22, of Kermit, pleaded guilty to entry of a building other than a dwelling on April 9, 2009. The building was a laundry room facility at Forrest Place Apartments in Kermit, according to Count II of his indictment. Blevins, who is represented by Attorney Diana C. Wiedel, is scheduled for sentencing at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 7. Assistant Prosecutor Teresa D. Maynard appeared for the state.
Roger Wayne Ellis, 28, of Baisden, pled guilty to grand larceny of power tools and other items owned by Gary Carson Cline, during entry of Clines dwelling house on Feb. 16, 2009, as charged in Count II of his September 2009 indictment. Ellis is scheduled for sentencing at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30. He was represented by Attorney Mark Hobbs of Chapmanville.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Glen Rutledge appeared for the state in the Ellis proceeding and also in the case of Atlas Spradlin, 47, of Ragland, who entered a plea of guilty to felonious possession of a firearm. (He had previously been convicted of a felony crime of wanton endangerment against the person of another on Nov. 27, 2000 in Mingo County.)
Spradlin, who was represented by Kathy Cisco-Sturgell, is scheduled for sentencing at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30.
Seniot Trooper B.R. Moore of the West Virginia State Police was involved in investigation of Spradlin; Senior Trooper L.T. Goldie Jr. investigated the Ellis case, and Sgt. J. Smith of the Mingo County Sheriffs Department was involved in the Blevins case.
Other proceedings in court last week included the following:
Norma Jean Clark, 37, of Rawl, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery of First National Bank of Williamson checks to the prejudice of Betty Jane Blackburn., as charged in Counts I and VII of her September 2009 indictment. Three other counts of forgery and five counts of uttering will be dismissed in return for her pleas.
Clark, who was represented by Attorney Ronald J. Rumora, is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of one to 10 years for each conviction. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Clark will be required to pay restitution of $1,325 to The First National Bank of Williamson. Williamson Police Lt. C.D. Rockel was the investigating officer.
John L. Kirk Jr., 30, of Warfield, Ky., pleaded guilty to unlawful assault, a lesser included offense of malicious assault, as charged in Count III of his September indicment. Two other charges involving alleged arson and burglary will be dismissed in return for his plea.
Kirk is exposed to a sentence of one year and no more than five years in a state correctional facility. He was represented by Attorney Cecil C. Varney. Cpl. N. Mines and Deputy B. T. Sipple II of the Mingo County Sheriffs Department were the investigating officers.
Frances Jean McCoy, also known as McNeely, 23, of Omar, W.Va., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to grand larceny as charged in Count IV of her September 2009 indictment. She is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than five years.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, McNeely will be jointly and severally liable for restitution of $18,418.17 to Norfolk Southern Corporation. Four other charges will be dismissed in return for her plea. Attorney David A. Foley represented McNeely. Special Agent J.D. Farley of the Norfolk Southern Police Department was the investigating officer in this case.
Randall Keith Nichols, 26, of Lenore, W.Va., pleaded guilty to an attempt to commit malicious assault, a lesser included offense of malicious assault, as charged in his September 2009 indictment. Nichols is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than three years.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nichols will be required to pay restitution for any medical expenses incurred by the victim (identified in the indictment as Nichols girl friend, Amber Nicole Messer.) Attorney Jerry M. Lyall represented Nichols. Mingo County sheriffs Sgt. A. Farra was the investigating officer.
Lameica Nichole Rodgers, 36, of Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) with intent to deliver, as charged in Count I of her September 2009 indictment. The prosecutor noted that Percocet and OxyContin are brand name prescription drugs that contain Oxycodone.
Rodgers is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than 15 years. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodgers will forfeit $6,124 seized by the West Virginia State Police when Rodgers was arrested. The prosecution had noted that Rodgers came from Detroit to sell Oxycodone in Mingo County.
Attorney Marsha Webb Rumora represented Rodgers. In return for Rodgers plea, three other charges were dismissed. WVSP Trooper C.A. Douglas was the primary investigating officer.
Clark, Kirk, McNeely, Nichols and Rodgers are to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 in Mingo Circuit Court.
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