A New Martinsville woman was sentenced Tuesday in Wetzel County Circuit Court to six to 60 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women.
Brandy Anne Cecil, 25, of HC 61, Box 311, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to counts one, four, seven, nine, 12, and 13 of her 13-count indictment that included charges of forgery, uttering, and fraudulent schemes. All remaining counts, including new possible charges, were dismissed, per the terms of the plea agreement. Cecil was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women for each one of her six counts. These sentences are to run concurrent and Cecil was given credit for 116 days already served.
She is also expected to testify truthfully in drug investigations in Wetzel County. Cecil confessed that her crimes were a result of a drug habit, confessed that she has used drugs recently, and requested drug counseling as part of her sentence. When asked if she had anything to say to the court, Cecil responded, "I do want to say I'm sorry to each of my victims." She also stated that restitution will be made.
Defense Attorney Jeremiah Gardner informed the court that plea negotiations have come to a standstill in the case involving his client, Joseph Leroy Watson, 18, of Post Office Box 125, Littleton. A trial date for the case was consequently set for Aug. 20, 9 a.m. Watson was given a six-count indictment by the grand jury in May. Watson is charged with nighttime burglary and first degree arson, in addition to three charges of domestic battery and one charge of battery. Watson allegedly entered and then set fire to the residence of Rose Watson on Feb. 15. Three counts of domestic battery stem from allegations that Watson willfully and unlawfully struck his aunt, brother, and girlfriend. The final charge of battery alleges that Watson struck Tiffany Garrison in the face at the residence of Rose Watson.
In the case involving Denzil Ray Owens, Gardner alerted the court that he needed more time to talk to the prosecution. The court was also notified that Owens was no longer going to enter into a plea agreement. The matter was made returnable for Aug. 13, 10 a.m. Owens, 31, of 100 North Bridge Street, Lot 12, New Martinsville, was given a two-count indictment in May by the grand jury. These charges allege that Owens committed the felony offense of entry of a dwelling and petit larceny. The charges stem from the allegations that Owens intentionally entered the residence of Scott E. Davis and Renee Davis located at North Bridge Street, New Martinsville, and committed larceny of goods totaling less than $1,000.
Zachery Jerico, 24, of 291 Locust St., New Martinsville, appeared in court alongside his attorney, Frederick Gardner, where it was determined that discovery had been reviewed and Jerico will plea; thus, a return date has been set for Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. In May, Jerico was handed a 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 deliver oxycodone in Wetzel County on Jan. 19. The second delivery charge is for an event alleged to have occurred on Dec. 13, 2011.
Timothy Ray Parker, 49, of 159 Commercial Street, New Martinsville, appeared alongside Defense Attorney Jeremiah Gardner on a motion to reduce his sentence. Gardner asked Judge Mark A. Karl for a return date in the near future, as he was not adequately prepared with all of the necessary information. Thus, a return date was set for Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m.
In another matter, Sean David Grimm, 25, of 349 Foundry St. New Martinsville, appeared alongside his attorney, Frederick Gardner, where it was determined that discovery in the case will be completed within a week. A return date was set for Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. Grimm is charged with 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.
Charles Scott Moore, 27, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. B203, New Martinsville appeared alongside his defense attorney, David White. White reported that he was still in discussions with Special Prosecuting Attorney Carl "Worthy" Paul. The matter was then made returnable for Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m.
In May, Moore was given a 10-count indictment by the grand jury. Counts one through 10 allege that Moore unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly, and feloniously engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child who was less than 16 years old, was at least four years younger than the defendant, and was not married to the defendant. Moore is charged with five counts of sexual assault in the third degree and five counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.
In another matter, Summers Riley, 29, of 187 North State Route 2, Villa Apartments, New Martinsville, appeared alongside White, who was filling in for Riley's attorney, Kevin Neiswonger. It was reported that a witness was unavailable for the prosecution. Riley then waived her right to a speedy trial and the matter was set for the next term of court. She will return Sept. 12, 10 a.m. On Feb. 7 Riley pleaded innocent to her one count indictment for felony delivery of a controlled substance (oxycodone), an offense which is alleged to have been committed on Sept. 10, 2011, in New Martinsville.