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Hummel Reduces Floyd’s Sentence

By Staff | Oct 7, 2009

Dana Jean Floyd

A Smithfield woman was released from jail Sept. 29 when her sentence was reduced.

Dana Jean Floyd, 37, of Pricetown Road (P.O. Box 55), was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women Jan. 5 after she pleaded guilty to one count of third-offense domestic battery.

However, she was given credit for time served, one year.

The state did not oppose the reduction in sentence, as they had specified in her plea agreement.

Everyone agreed she had not had any violations while she was incarcerated. Judge David W. Hummel Jr. asked what she learned. She replied, “I’ve learned to keep my hands to myself and to not take matters into my own hands.” He asked if she could apply that outside of the jail setting and she said she could.

Very recently, three escapees from a half-way house in Belmont County were found in New Martinsville’s Wal-Mart, and moved to the Northern Regional Jail waiting extradition back to Ohio. Tuesday the three men, Dustin Franklin Ruckman, Matthew Jacob Gossett, and Matthew S. Wilson were granted extradition. Ohio officials have 10 days to pick them up, otherwise a bond hearing will be held for each person.

Also in custody from another state was Christopher Adam Long who is presently on parole from Georgia. Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught said Georgia authorities requested Long be released on bond so that he could return to Georgia and report to his parole officer by Oct. 5. His parole is scheduled to end in early November. His personal recognizance bond was set at $5,000.