Summer Danielle Riley, 31, was sentenced Dec. 16 in Wetzel County Circuit Court to 30 days in prison after she admitted to violating her probation.
"She is fully aware of the allegations and petitions (to revoke her probation) Attorney Kevin Neiswonger noted. "I've discussed them with her at length. She is willing to admit that she was at the New Martinsville Villas on one occasion, and she would like to offer the court an explanation."
"My sister lives there," Riley explained. "And she, on the spur of the moment, asked me if I could babysit for her because her boyfriend had not made it back yet, and I told her I'd take them and take them to my house. I picked up her kids and gave her a ride to work. I didn't realize to park over at the (A-Won Buffet) Chinese restaurant and have her walk over. She has a newborn and two other kids. I do agree I was in the wrong that I went there and I shouldn't just get away with it."
"What are you going to do?" asked Judge David W. Hummel.
"I don't know what you guys do for violations, but I would prefer not to go back to jail. I've been doing well. I have a job now that I got at the end of October. I work for a woman, taking care of her, and I'm about to get my kids back as well. My oldest son is living with his dad in Kentucky. I had him go there when I knew I was going back to jail, and my youngest son is living in New Martinsville with his dad."
"Your honor, it's the state's position that she be sentenced to 60 days in the Northern Regional Jail," Prosecutor Timothy Haught stated. "Not only is she in violation of her probation, but she is in contempt of court. The court's order explicitly says she is not to be at the New Martinsville Villas complex. It doesn't provide for any excuses. She was selling drugs at the New Martinsville Villas, a public housing unit. We had a very bad problem at the Villas with drug sales, and the problem put the children and other individuals that live there in jeopardy. I had received numerous complaints about needles and drug transactions in the open in that complex, and she was involved in that. She played a part with that, and she had a role in that. I don't know how more clear it could have been. We pointed it out in court that she wasn't to be there. We put it in the order specifically and there is no excuse for her being there. . . I am asking that she be remanded for 60 days. The rules are the rules, they are simple to understand, they are not to be broken, there's no excuse in this specific case for her breaking those rules, she needs to be sentenced for 60 days."
"Rules are rules, but often times rules aren't black and white," Attorney Neiswonger stated. "It's against the law to drink and drive, but if you and your buddy are at a hunting camp and someone breaks their leg, you have to drive somewhere out of necessity . . . This sounds to me like a temporary lapse in judgement. Her sister calls because she said her boyfriend didn't come home. She could've parked 10 feet away, but just wasn't thinking because she was helping her sister, who just had a newborn."
"You are right," Hummel added. "A year almost to the date there was a plea information statement completed by the defendant in this case, which shines some unique light on this particular motion and circumstance in that apparently in her own handwriting she set forth the facts that made her feel guilty . . . 'I delivered oxycodone to my sister's house.'"
With this stated, Hummel sentenced Riley to 30 days in prison. She was then remanded.
Ronald James Morris, 21, of HC 60 Box 157, Reader, was present in court, alongside Attorney Patricia Kurelac, relative to an alleged probation violation.
Morris was previously convicted in Wetzel County Circuit Court for entry of of a building.
"Your honor, I've discussed this case with Ms. Kurelac, and we have a proposed disposition in this case," Haught stated. "If it pleases the court, I'd like to give a little bit of a background. I believe when Morris was sentenced, our drug court was not up and running. I viewed him, because of his age and the fact he admitted his drug addiction, as a good candidate for drug court. My understanding is he was supposed to start the program."
Haught continued: "He was picked up with a small amount of marijuana and scales, and I think he was driving without a license, but there is some argument that he got his license renewed . . . I set this up as a conditional plea because of his age. I agreed it would be a misdemeanor, so the offense wouldn't follow him the rest of his life. He screwed it up, but I'm willing, if the court is willing . . . I'm willing that if he completes 60 days in jail, and he goes to drug court . . . I'll keep my end of the bargain."
Hummel agreed with this plan and sentenced Morris to 60 days, with credit for time served. During this time Morris will be assessed for drug court.
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.
Morris admitted to the offenses on July 10, stating, "I was pretty messed up."