Three Plead Guilty In Wetzel Circuit Court
Three defendants pleaded guilty in front of Judge David W. Hummel Jr. on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in Wetzel County Circuit Court.
Allen Richard Larrimore, 50, of HC 79, Box 5 EE, Jacksonburg, pleaded guilty to third-offense domestic battery to have allegedly occurred on July 22. Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught stated that the two prior indictments of domestic battery charges were on the same victim, his wife. Hummel sentenced him to one to five in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men.
Mrs. Larrimore has requested supervised visitation of his children before serving the sentence. Haught reported to the Hummel that his wife has filed for divorce. Hummel asked Larrimore’s wife if she feels safe that her husband is going to jail? She said, “Yes, I do.” Larrimore is to report to the Northern Regional Jail on Nov. 4 at noon.
Jason L. Morgan, 34, of 37436 Sunset Trailer Court, Sardis, along with his attorney, Jeremiah Gardner, has reached a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to felony fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence. A second count of driving under the influence was dismissed.
“With an exemption to my rule, I will allow home confinement for one year followed by probation,” said Haught.
Haught stated the facts in this case are the vehicle Morgan was driving was going left of center in Wetzel County. He drove across the bridge into Ohio, proceeding to Sardis, where the officers tracked Morgan from footprints in the snow and found him under a truck topper where they took him into custody. They found empty beer bottles and an empty bottle of Wild Turkey inside the vehicle.
Haught stated the state is satisfied with the felony conviction.
He was sentenced to one year home confinement with a work release and then one year probation with seven days credited for time served. Morgan was ordered to pay court costs and prosecuting fees. Home confinement is to begin at Lantz’s discretion.
Evelyn D. Bowen 42, of P. O. Box 42, Folsom, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance without the intent to deliver. This is reduced from the original felony count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. She was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. She is to report to Probation Officer John Lantz.
George D. Burch, 66, of 302 West Main St., Paden City, was in front of Hummel on a formal arraignment for a three-count indictment: count one, failure to update sex offender registry information, failing or refusing to report his move to a new address; count two, failure to register as a sex offender in the month of his birth to the State Police detachment to have allegedly occurred between the the dates of Sept. 1 and 30, 2007; and count three, failure to register as a sex offender in the month of his birth to the State Police detachment to have allegedly occurred between the dates of Sept. 1 and 30, 2008.
Burch’s attorney, Patricia Kurelec, wondered if it would be legal, according to West Virginia law, to appoint a power of attorney for a sex offender to register for them, such as in Burch’s case.
Haught stated, “I will not file a motion to revoke his bond at this time, as of yet. I would urge Burch to follow the law and do what he is supposed to do,” said Haught. Burch was granted a physiological exam, to be scheduled by Haught.
A trial date was set for Dec. 4 at 8:45 a.m.
Mikeal James Craft, 19, of P.O. Box 58, Wileyville, was in front of Hummel on a motion to revoke probation. Craft was charged with one count of felony grand larceny of a 1999 Subaru Outback Legacy belonging to Kimberly or Anthony Sizemore. Haught stated to the court that if Craft makes restitution costs in the amount of $2,375.85 within a 60-day period, he will not be incarcerated for six months. “Do you understand that if you don’t pay the total costs by Dec. 23, you will be sent to jail and you will still have to pay the costs?” Hummel asked. Craft responded in the affirmative.
Tyler Joseph Steed, 20, of P.O. Box 61, Caldwell, Ohio, also appeared in circuit court. He was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He stated to the Hummel that he still has not hired an attorney.
Haught argued that Steed has been given quite amount of time to hire a counsel. At his last appearance, he filled out an affidavit of income sheet. He is to return back to court on Nov. 6, 9 a.m. with or without counsel.
Jack D. Keys, 50, of P.O. Box 764, New Martinsville, was in court for a formal arraignment on a four-count indictment: count one, felony fleeing from an officer while under the influence; count two, misdemeanor second-offense driving under the influence of alcohol; and counts three and four are identical, felony child abuse by creating a risk of serious bodily injury or death by fleeing from a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol which allegedly occurred on July 31 in Wetzel County.
Keys made bond in magistrate court. He is to return back in court on Nov. 6 at 9:15 a.m.