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Hummel Hears Cases

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

Judge David W. Hummel Jr. presided over Wetzel County Circuit Court one last time this term to hear cases from Cody Madison Rine and Jack D. Keys, on July 12.

Cody Madison Rine, 22, of HC 60, Box 21C, Reader, was granted a Rule 35 motion to reconsider sentencing in Judge Hummel’s courtroom last Monday. Rine was released that day to begin his job he had ready in the event of an early release. Under new terms Rine must have no contact with Forest Leroy Tennant, stay 1,000 feet away from the volunteer fire department, pay restitution within 90 days, and serve supervised probation for three years. Rine is also ordered to enroll in an anger management course within 14 days and must report to his probation officer once a month.

On April 2, Rine convicted himself of the felony offense of attacking, hindering, or obstructing a firefighter wherein Rine caused bodily injury to Tennant, both a firefighter and a person who was 65 years of age or older, by hitting him in the face with his hand while Tennant was lawfully exercising or discharging his official duty during an emergency, causing Tennant to be delayed and removed from his emergency vehicle on or about Sept. 24, 2009. In agreement with the state’s recommendation, Hummel sentenced Rine to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. Rine was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amounts of $82 for Tennant’s mileage, $150 to Folsom VFD for its expenses, and $1,393.39 to the Reader VFD to do as they wish.

Jack D. Keys, 52, of P.O. Box 764, New Martinsville, was present for sentencing in Wetzel County Circuit Court following his guilty plea on June 9 to his two-count indictment. Judge Hummel sentenced Keys to the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men for one-five years for count one of felony offense fleeing from an officer while under the influence. Keys was also sentenced for one year to run concurrently for count two misdemeanor second-offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Furthermore, Keys’ motion to alternative sentencing was denied. Keys was to self-report to the Northern Regional Jail on July 17 at noon.

Both offenses occurred on July 31, 2009, in Wetzel County. In the courtroom on June 9 Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught recounted the events of July 31 wherein Deputy Rob Scott of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department noticed Keys’ white Chevy Cavalier speeding on state Route 20 between New Martinsville and Porters Falls. Scott discontinued his chase of the vehicle twice out of safety precautions. However, soon after, Scott spotted the vehicle stopped and the deputy observed Keys putting beer in the trunk. Scott then stopped to speak to him and felt the hood of the car was hot, smelled alcohol on Keys, and noticed two children in the back seat. Keys then failed sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of 0.114 and was promptly arrested.

Two 40-ounce bottles of Busch light beer were found in the front seat of the car and more of the same were found in the trunk. The boys in the back seat were interviewed and stated they were frightened because of the high speed at which Keys was traveling and saw the blue lights from the deputy’s car. At the New Martinsville Police Department Keys blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.102 and he was then charged with DUI, his second offense as Keys was charged with DUI in 2004.

Additionally, Keys holds a prior felony offense in Ohio for drug possession.