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Defendants Plead Guilty

July 30, 2014
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer (lriggs@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Diana S. Drennen, 25, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. C-202, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty July 15, before Judge David W. Hummel to count one of her three-count indictment, delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana).

For this offense, Drennen was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women, with credit for eight days already served. However, the execution of this prison sentence was suspended. Drennen will be placed on probation for two years, as well as be required to participate in drug court.

Drennen was charged by the May 2014 grand jury with delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (Percocet) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Percocet). Count one, delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (marijuana), charged that on or about Sept. 25, 2013, Drennen delivered marijuana in Wetzel County. Count two alleged that Drennen conspired with Jonathan Douglas Dotson, on or about Oct. 2, 2013, to deliver Percocet; count three alleged that on or about Oct. 4, 2013, Drennen delivered Percocet.

In another matter, Jacob Ray Young, 19, of HC 60 Box 129AA, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to grand larceny. For this offense, Young was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. This sentence was suspended and Young will instead serve one year of probation and be required to participate in drug court. Young's plea is conditional in that if Young successfully completes drug court, he could plea to a misdemeanor petit larceny and not have a felony on his record.

Young's indictment, handed down to him by the May 2014 Grand Jury, charged him with daytime burglary and grand larceny and alleged that on or about Jan. 10, 2014, he entered the residence of another and stole goods that valued more than $1,000.

Nathan Koontz, 20, of HC 62 Box 50A, Burton, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. For this offense, Koontz was sentenced to 90 days in jail. This sentence was dismissed and Koontz will instead serve one year of supervised probation. He must also pay a $50 fine.

Koontz was originally indicted by the May 2014 grand jury and charged with nighttime burglary.

Also on July 15, Jonathan Douglas Dotson, 27, of 28 Rose Street Lot 14-S, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Dotson was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. However, this sentence was suspended and Dotson will instead serve two years of probation.

Dotson was indicted by the May 2014 grand jury and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Percocet), and conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (Percocet). Count one, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), alleged that on or about Sept. 25, 2013, Dotson conspired with Diana S. Drennen to deliver marijuana. Count two alleged that Dotson delivered Percocet on or about Oct. 2, 2013, and count three alleged that on or about Oct. 4, 2013, Dotson conspired with Drennen to deliver Percocet.

 
 

 

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