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Judge Karl Hears Several Admissions Of Guilt

By Staff | Nov 3, 2010

Several guilty pleas were entered in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 under Judge Mark A. Karl.

Nicholas Chad Fletcher, 31, of P.O. Box 245, Littleton, pleaded guilty to count three, nighttime burglary, of his four-count indictment. Judge Mark A. Karl sentenced Fletcher to one to 15 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men with credit for 124 days served. He was also ordered to pay all court costs and pro-rated restitution in the amount of $417.88 for half of the value of the Ruger Model 860 44 magnum which was stolen by Fletcher and his accomplice, William Carmen Hadley.

Fletcher was granted drug and alcohol counseling while incarcerated. Pursuant to the plea agreement, counts one, two, and four were dismissed.

On or about Feb. 9, Fletcher and Hadley allegedly committed the felony offense of nighttime burglary (counts one and three) for breaking into the residences of Thelma Hunt of Burton and Cody Nichole Sturm of Hundred.

Counts two and four charged Fletcher and Hadley with the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny. Count two charged the two men with stealing medications belonging to Thelma Hunt, and count four charges them with steeling a Ruger Model 860 44 magnum revolver belonging to Cody Nichole Sturm.

On July 14 it was made known in Wetzel County Circuit Court that Fletcher is also charged with malicious wounding in Monongalia County.

Robert Eugene Morgan, 20, of 1374 Thorn Ridge Rd., Friendly, admitted to violating his terms of probation by both committing a crime in Ohio and for consuming alcohol. For these offenses Judge Karl sentenced Morgan to 30 days in the Northern Regional Jail beginning Oct. 29 at noon. After serving this sentence Morgan will resume his probation.

It was made known in court that on April 15 Morgan was picked up in Ohio for Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI). Furthermore, during this offense he was not wearing his seatbelt and also failed to stop at a stop sign. At that time his blood alcohol level registered at 0.111. Morgan pleaded guilty to these charges and served three days in jail.

Morgan was put on two year’s supervised probation with Adult Probation Officer John Lantz on Feb. 4 after spending time in the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. Morgan illustrated exemplary behavior at the center, earning his GED and a certificate in welding.

Morgan was indicted on one count of attempted entry of a building other than a dwelling, in which it is alleged on Nov. 18, 2007, he attempted to break into Norris Pharmacy in Pine Grove with intent to commit a larceny.

Similarly, Eugene John Huggins, 21, of 28 Rose Street Lot 8N, New Martinsville, admitted to violating his terms of probation for committing a crime and for testing positive for a controlled substance wherein on at least two accounts Huggins tested positive for marijuana during random drug screenings while under probation. Huggins will return Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. for a disposition. His probation terms continue.

On Feb. 5 it was made known there are allegations against Huggins of violating his probation as he tested positive for marijuana. Huggins was placed on two years supervised probation following successful completion at the Anthony Center. His original sentence, ruled Nov. 10, 2007, was one to 10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men following a guilty plea for entry of a building other than a dwelling.

In other matters, Rodney Lee Nolan, 24, of HC 62, Box 50A, Burton, was present for a status hearing along with his newly appointed attorney, Brent Clyburn. Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught stated the matter had been set on Wednesday for a voluntariness hearing, however some of his witnesses were unable to attend. All parties agreed to continue the case until all witnesses are available. Judge Karl set a return date for Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. for a voluntariness and suppression hearing. Nolan’s bond continues.

Nolan is indicted on three counts of burglary. The three counts are alleged to have occurred between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1, 2008. Count one charges Nolan with breaking and entering the residence of Clint. W. Jones, located on County Route 66, commonly known as Harker Run Road in Wetzel County. Count two charges him with breaking and entering the residence of William Lane and Sandra Lane, located on Long Drain/Earnshaw Road. Count three charges Nolan with breaking and entering the residence of Millar P. Cayavec, located on Higginbotham Run Road in Wetzel County.