McGill Pleads Guilty To Escape
A Marshall County man pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to escaping his home confinement, though he still awaits trial on his original charges.
Michael McGill, 49, pleaded guilty during a hearing Monday morning before Marshall County Circuit Judge David W. Hummel to one count of escape from custody. McGill was scheduled to stand trial beginning Monday on charges of escape from custody and grand larceny. The trial was set to take place in Tyler County due to a lack of a jury pool in Marshall County.
According to Marshall County Prosecutor Jeff Cramer, the grand larceny charge was dropped after authorities consulted with representatives of the Lee Day Report Center, who determined the electronic monitoring bracelet McGill had allegedly cut off when escaping home confinement was, in fact, in working order.
McGill was on home confinement after he was charged with one count of malicious assault stemming from a 2009 incident in which he allegedly beat Michael Yoho, 52. Yoho was found dead June 14, 2009, more than a day after the attack, following an apparent all-terrain vehicle crash. Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators believe Yoho was brutally beaten by McGill at a camp and managed to drive away, only to wreck and die a short time later. The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office determined Yoho’s death to be a result of “compression asphyxia” and not directly from a beating.
McGill also faces one count of domestic battery for an incident involving his cousin, which will also be considered during his upcoming trial.
In February, McGill was placed on home confinement at his father’s residence in Moundsville. Officers responded to that residence on Oct. 25 after the Moundsville Police Department was notified McGill’s wife, Rebecca, had not reported to work over the weekend. Upon arriving, officers discovered McGill’s broken ankle monitoring bracelet. McGill was found days later at a camp of Fish Creek. More than 50 officers from different departments assisted U.S. Marshals in catching McGill.
Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 29, when McGill will face up to five years on the escape charge. Cramer said the state will also request that the cost of apprehension be paid by McGill to cover the labor-intensive search.
A trial date for the original charges, being handled by Marshall County Circuit Judge Mark A. Karl, has not yet been set, as Karl is seeking a location for a change of venue.