Judge Orders Huggins To Serve Original Sentence
The gallery was packed as several defendants addressed Judge Mark A. Karl in Wetzel County Circuit Court Nov. 9. Most appearances were mandatory status hearings. Other matters included a sentencing hearing, an arraignment, and a petition to revoke probation.
Eugene John Huggins, 21, of 28 Rose Street Lot 8N, New Martinsville, was ordered to serve his original sentence of one to 10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men for the felony offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling. Huggins was transferred on Nov. 16 to be placed in the Division of Corrections of the Northern Regional Jail.
During the hearing Nov. 9 Attorney Kevin Neiswonger asked the court to consider several items before sentencing, such as his young age, his cooperation in pleading guilty to his probation violations, and his ability to be rehabilitated as shown by his successful completion of his time in the Anthony Center. Judge Karl retorted, “It sounds to me that he’s been given two benefits of the doubt.” Karl went on to recount Huggins’ numerous offenses including a recent domestic violence incident. “Mr. Huggins, you just don’t get it,” Karl stated firmly. “It sends the wrong message if I put you back on probation or give you alternative sentencing.”
On Oct. 27 Huggins admitted to violating his terms of probation for committing a crime (petit larceny) 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.
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.