Ronald James Morris II, 21, of HC 60 Box 157, Reader, was present in court Friday on a motion that was submitted to revoke his probation.
The matter has been set to return Dec. 19, 12:15 p.m., as Morris' attorney, Patricia Kurelac, stated she had been caught totally off guard. "I would love to have an opportunity to meet with him," she noted. "I don't know the charges, except for what I've just heard today."
In July 2013, Morris had pleaded guilty to one count of entering with breaking. Due to a lack of prior criminal history and Morris' agreement to enter into an in-patient drug rehabilitation program at his expense, Morris' sentence of one to 10 years in the penitentiary was suspended and he was sentenced to serve probation with additional requirements that he obtain drug rehabilitation, comply with drug court when it becomes available, and attend a weekly Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
"I was optimistic at that particular time," Haught noted at Friday's hearing. "Now depending on the outcome of this proceeding, and I understand this matter is coming on for a preliminary hearing, and I have witnesses." Haught stated. "He was pulled over by the sheriff's department." Haught remarked that Morris now has charges pending in magistrate court for possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Morris was charged by the May 2013 grand jury with two sets of felony entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny. Both sets alleged that on or about March 28, Morris entered the Convenient Store in Paden City and stole cash, totaling less than $1,000.