Denton Franklin Pletcher Jr., 19, of HC 62 Box 47, Burton, pleaded guilty on Monday in Wetzel County Circuit Court to one count of grand larceny. Pletcher confessed to stealing tools and saws, valuing more than $1,000, off the back of a company truck belonging to Savage Heavy Highway, located in Wetzel County.
The maximum sentence that can be imposed for such a crime is one to 10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men, with credit for time served. However, a pre-sentencing report is to be prepared by Chief Probation Officer John Lantz and presented to Judge Mark Karl prior to sentencing, which has been set for Aug. 24, 10 a.m.
In another matter, Alex Wayne Pyles, 23, of HC 60 Box 99, Valley Manor Apt. 14, Pine Grove, appeared in court alongside Defense Attorney Jeremiah Gardner on a motion to reduce bond.
A juvenile witness was called to the stand by Special Prosecuting Attorney Karl Worthy Paul. The alleged victim states that she was threatened by Pyles who stated that upon his release from prison, he would harm her. The victim states that though she never had direct contact with Pyles, she talked to him through Facebook and texting. She was not directly threatened by Pyles, but had heard rumors through those close to her that he had threatened her.
The defense's request for reduction of bond was denied by Judge Mark Karl.
Pyles is charged with two felony counts of sexual assault in the third degree. The charges allege that between Sept. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2010, he did engage in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who was less than 16 years old and who was at least four years younger than the defendant and not married to the defendant.
Wilson Scott Longwell also appeared in court Monday where he waived his speedy trial rights in regards to both of his indictments. A motion was also made to sever both of Longwell's indictments; both cases will be tried separately. It was also noted that Longwell will need to retain counsel for one of his indictments, for since he has been appointed Defense Attorney Roger Weese for one of his cases, he will not be allowed to use his court-appointed attorney, Jeremiah Gardner, for his other case.
Wilson Scott Longwell, 20, of Rt. 1 Box 204, New Martinsville, received a two-count indictment for conspiracy to commit first degree robbery and first degree robbery. The charges stem from an incident to have occurred on July 8, 2011, when he allegedly conspired with Justin Raymond Wyatt and Jonathan Jones to commit first degree robbery against Maverick Ray Stewart of New Martinsville.
A separate, four-count indictment charges Longwell with conspiracy, nighttime burglary, commission of a felony, and malicious assault for events that occurred on or about Dec. 21, 2011.
Longwell's return date was set for July 31, noon.
Defense Attorney David White alerted the court to a possible plea agreement outstanding in the case involving his client, Charles Scott Moore. White informed the court that more time was needed to discuss the components of the plea with his client. A return date was set for July 31, noon.
A summons was issued for Ronald A. Morgan, 36, of HC 60, Box 92, Pine Grove, who did not appear for his court appearance. Weese said that he had not seen his client, who was scheduled to plea.
Morgan had previously pleaded innocent to his one-count indictment of grand larceny. This count alleges that Morgan did commit simple larceny of goods or chattels of the value of $1,000 or more, belonging to Randy W. Lemasters, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the same.
In a separate matter, Weese was advised of a conflict involving a case with client Charles Zachary Wells, 22, of Rt. 1 Box 171, New Martinsville. Attorney Brent Clyburn was instead appointed as Wells' defense. The matter was then passed until July 26.
Wells previously entered pleas of innocence to his two indictments. His first indictment charges him with conspiracy, nighttime burglary, malicious assault, and assault during the commission of a felony. All of the offenses are to have occurred on Dec. 21, 2011, when Wells allegedly conspired with Wilson Scott Longwell to burglarize the residence of Brittney Griffith, 816 Fifth St., New Martinsville. The assault charges allege that Wells struck Charles W. Moore with his fists and by kicking him with his feet.
The second indictment is for conspiracy and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (oxycodone). The offense was to have occurred on Jan. 19 with Zachery Jerico and Shawn Stackpole.
The court was advised that more time is needed for counsel to look over evidence and reports in the case involving Larry Virgil Watson, 19, of HC 61 Box 95B, Littleton; therefore, the matter was passed until July 31, noon.
On Jan. 17, 2011, Watson was handed a one-count indictment for the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana) wherein on or about Sept. 27, 2010, in Wetzel County, he manufactured, by cultivation, marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.
Sean David Grimm, 25, of 349 Foundry St., New Martinsville, also appeared in court Monday morning where Defense Attorney Frederick Gardner stated that he had not received the discovery yet in the case. Haught stated that he had sent the discovery approximately two weeks ago and perhaps Gardner was out of the office at the time discovery was sent. The state then entered their request for discovery. A return date for the matter was then set for July 31, noon.
Grimm had previously pleaded innocent to his one count of malicious assault. On April 22 in Wetzel County he allegedly caused bodily injury to Jacob Patrick Fluharty by striking and choking him with his hands.
In another matter, Zachary Jerico, 24 of 291 Locust St., New Martinsville, appeared in court alongside attorney Frederick Gardner who stated that although he had received the discovery, Jerico had not been able to make it to his Moundsville office to review the discovery with him. There is also a proposed plea agreement that Jericho needs to look over with his counsel. Therefore, a return date for the matter was set for July 31, noon.
Jerico had pleaded innocent to his three-count drug-related indictment. Counts one and three are for delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (oxycodone) and count two is for conspiracy. He allegedly conspired with Charles Zachary Wells and Shawn Stackpole to delivery oxycodone in Wetzel County on Jan. 19. The second delivery charge is for an event alleged to have occurred on Dec. 13, 2011.