George Patrick Hallowell, 43, of 45 Paducah Drive, Apt. 3, pleaded guilty to the felony of entry of a building other than a dwelling and the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery, in Wetzel County Circuit Court Oct. 29.
Hallowell had previously received a three-count indictment: two counts of entry of a building other than a dwelling and one count of grand larceny.
His first count alleges that between May 8 and 9, Hallowell intentionally broke into the storehouse belonging to J-Wood Contracting, LLC with the intent to commit a larceny.
George Patrick Hallowell
The second count alleges that Hallowell did take belongings having a cumulative value of more than $1,000, belonging to J-Wood Contracting, LLC.
Count three of Hallowell's indictment charges that Hallowell did break and enter a building housing the Spieler's club.
Hallowell confessed to having broken a window of the Spieler's Club. When asked if he had intended to commit larceny, Hallowell stated that he eventually did intend to steal. It was later mentioned by the state that Hallowell's buttons off of his shirt were found at the scene.
As for the offense of domestic battery, Hallowell stated he did grab and push the victim, described in the information charge as his girlfriend, after getting involved in an altercation with her.
For the offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling, Hallowell was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. For domestic battery, Hallowell was sentenced to 119 days in Northern Regional Jail. These sentences will run concurrently. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Hallowell will also pay restitution to J-Wood Contracting.
A trial date of Dec. 17 has been set in the case involving, Richard E. Mylar, 46, of 108 S. First Avenue, Paden City.
Attorney Jeremiah Gardner stated his client had rejected a plea offer previously presented by the prosecution. "We need a trial date then," was Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught's response to such news. Therefore, Judge Mark A. Karl set the trial date for Dec. 17, 9 a.m.
Mylar previously entered a plea of innocence to his one-count indictment charging him with fraudulent schemes.
His indictment states that between June 1 and June 2, Mylar allegedly deprived Betty L. Robinson of services in that he represented to Robinson that he would repair her garage roof at her New Martinsville residence. Mylar demanded payment of more than $1,000, allegedly without completing the repair work on that garage.
In another matter, Ronald "Buck" L. Dunham, 36, of 730 Highland Avenue, New Martinsville, appeared before Judge Mark Karl in circuit court Monday morning for his hearing as well as to request a reduction in bond. Attorney Keith Hart requested requested a decrease from $50,000 to $10,000.
The prosecution opposed such a reduction, citing Dunham's previous criminal record, which includes two previous felony convictions. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught reminded the court that there is a problem in Wetzel County of defendants posting bond and then committing more crimes while on bond.
Judge Karl stated he would take the issue of bond under advisement and set a return date for Nov. 13, 10 a.m.
Dunham is facing a seven-count indictment: three counts each of conspiracy to deliver oxycodone and delivery of oxycodone; and one count of conspiracy to deliver heroin.
Defense Attorney Shane Mallet requested additional time to review discovery in the case involving his client, Willard Johnson Loy, 53, of HC 63, Box 210, Ellenboro, W.Va. Therefore, Loy's return date was also set for Nov. 13, 10 a.m.
Willard Johnson Loy, 53, of HC 63, Box 210, Ellenboro, W.Va., received a one-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with the felony offense of nighttime burglary. Loy is also charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin and attempted delivery of oxycodone.
Defense Attorney Jeremiah Gardner requested additional time to discuss the case involving his client, Tony Eugene Cook, 47, no address given, with the prosecution.
Cook's indictment alleges that on or about July 10, Cook unlawfully made physical contact with his ex-girlfriend, who had an emergency order of protection against him.