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A 41-year-old Kermit man, Kelly Mollett, was sentenced to serve one to five years in a state correctional facility Monday during a proceeding in Mingo County Circuit Court.
Five other Mingo County residents also appeared in court Monday and entered pleas to drug-related charges with one of those defendants receiving a prison sentence.
Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks represented the state in the proceedings.
Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced Mollett on his March 22 plea of guilty to unlawful assault, a lesser included offense of malicious assault, as charged in Count I of his January 2010 indictment.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Mollett will be required to pay restitution for the victims medical and incidental expenses. The victims family approved the case disposition.
Allen Pilkins, the victim in the case, is physically impaired for life and confined to a wheelchair. He was driving a car which was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven by Mollett, according to information on the case.
Attorney Lauren Thompson represented the defendant. Senior Trooper D.J. Chapman of the West Virginia State Police was the investigating officer.
Also sentenced Monday was Scottie Allen Mitchem, 31, of Varney, who pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), as charged in Count III of his April 2010 indictment, and to conspiracy in delivery of Oxycodone, as charged in Count VIII of his indictment. Sparks noted that Oxycodone is more commonly known by the trade names, OxyContin and Percocet.
Mitchem was sentenced to confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than 15 years for the Count III conviction, and not less than one year nor more than five years for the Count VIII conviction. The sentences were directed to run concurrently (at the same time). Mitchem was represented by Attorney Susan J. Van Zant.
Melissa Jean Mounts, 36, Delbarton, pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance (Hydrocodone), as charged in Count II of his April 2010 indictment. Sparks noted that Hydrocodone is more commonly known by the trade names, Lortab, Lorcet and Vicodin.
Mounts, who was represented by Attorney Lauren Thompson, is exposed to confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than five years.
Juanita Lynn Prater, 35, Delbarton, pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), as charged in Count I of her April 2010 indictment, and conspiracy in delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance - Oxycodone, as charged in Count VIII of her indictment.
Prater, also represented by Attorney Lauren Thompson, 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 for the Count I conviction and not less than one year nor more than five years for the Count VIII conviction.
Carol Ann Ray, 60, Edgarton, pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) as charged in Count II of her April 2010 indictment. Ray is exposed to confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than 15 years. She was represented by Attorney Jonathan Duke Jewell.
John Nelson Ray, 64, Vulcan, entered a plea of guilty to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) as charged in Count III of his April 2010 indictment. Ray is exposed to confinement in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than 15 years. Ray was represented by Attorney Marsha Webb Rumora.
Sparks reported that, according to his offices investigation, the oxycodone in the Mitchem and Prater cases was prescribed by Florida physicians. I intend to notify the Florida Division of Medical Quality Assurance regarding these physicians," said Sparks.
Cpl. N. Mines of the Mingo County Sheriffs Department was the investigating officer in the drug cases.
Sparks said that Mounts, Prater, Carol Ann Ray and John Nelson Ray are to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on July 14 in Mingo County Circuit Court.
Sparks also noted that the Mingo County prosecuting attorneys office has obtained 257 felony drug convictions since 2005.
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