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Man Pleads Guilty

February 12, 2014
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Tommy Kirk Emery, 36, of 111 Baltimore Avenue, Glendale, W.Va., pleaded guilty Friday to a information misdemeanor offense of destruction of property.

For this offense, Emery was sentenced to 180 days in jail and was given credit for the 127 days that he has already served. The rest of Emery's sentence was suspended and he has been placed on supervised probation for three years. However, the probation will be suspended as soon as he pays restitution to the victim in the case.

The offense occurred October 3, 2013, in Proctor when Emery, after a visit to the Wagon Wheel, broke two windows of the victim's house and went inside. Emery was discovered inside the home sitting in the victim's chair.

In another matter, Eric Dean Adams, 46, of HC 60 Box 56, Pine Grove, was released on a motion submitted for reduction in sentence.

Adams had served more than six months of his sentence and would have been appearing before the parole board. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught recommended that Adams instead be released onto probation and be ordered to complete drug court.

On July 17, 2013, Adams had pleaded guilty to nighttime burglary for entering a residence and stealing $20 and prescription pills. On Sept. 6, 2013, Adams was sentenced by the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel to one to 15 years in prison for the offense. During the sentencing hearing, Adams had stated that he was sorry for what he had done, adding, "I'm sorry for any grief and tears I've caused my family . . . I'm just really, really sorry for everything."

Also, Denton Franklin Pletcher, 21, of HC 62 Box 47, Burton, appeared in court regarding a petition that had been submitted to revoke his probation. Pletcher, alongside his attorney David C. White, waived the right to a preliminary hearing; thus, an adjudicatory hearing will be held March 14, 9 a.m.

In another matter, a motion was entered to continue the case involving Chelsea Briggs, 23, of 368 Virginia St., New Martinsville. Briggs' case was set for trial April 7; however, due to the unavailability of an expert witness, the trial has been moved to April 21.

On Jan. 24, Briggs entered a plea of innocence to her charges of murder and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin).

Trisha Lee Gorby, 28, of P.O. Box 131, Hundred, was set to appear in court Feb. 7 on a petition that had been entered to revoke her probation. However, due to the unavailability of Gorby's attorney, Shane Mallet, the matter was continued until today. However, Attorney David C. White appeared on Mallet's behalf and agreed that Gorby did wish to waive her right to a preliminary hearing.

Because of scheduling issues, Gorby will appear in court in Marshall County for today's proceeding.

Larry Virgil Watson Sr., 64, of Post Office Box 506, Hundred, will also appear in Marshall County Court today. Because of current hospitalization, Watson Sr., was unable to make it to court Feb. 7 to enter a plea in regards to his five-count indictment, which charges him with attempted murder, malicious assault, and three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

All the charges stem from an incident on Aug. 13 near Littleton. At that time Watson allegedly "did feloniously, willfully, maliciously, deliberately, unlawfully, and premeditatedly attempt to slay, kill, and murder Joseph Marcus Prendergast in Wetzel County, by shooting him with a firearm." The wanton endangerment charges are for allegedly "creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm" to two individuals and law enforcement officers. The individuals were at a residence near where Watson allegedly discharged a firearm. The last count says "after being repeatedly instructed to drop or surrender the same by Law Enforcement Officers, thereby creating a substantial risk of death or bodily harm to Law Enforcement Officers."



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