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Karl Sentences Farmer, Kemp

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

Matthew Lee Farmer

Judge Mark A. Karl sentenced two individuals in Wetzel County Circuit Court Jan. 26.

Matthew Lee Farmer, 20, will serve his original sentence of one to 10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men following Judge Karl’s ruling that Farmer did not successfully complete the Anthony Center program. Farmer was given credit for his time served in the Northern Regional Jail as well as for the time served in the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. He was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail to be transferred to the Division of Corrections side of the NRJ.

Farmer appeared Nov. 16 after being returned to the court for participating at an unsatisfactory level at the Anthony Center. Attorney Roger Weese asked the court to consider how minor many of Farmer’s infractions were, noting that the most severe violation was smoking in his dorm room. He also stated his client wanted to finish the program, as he had made substantial progress.

However, based on the opinion of the Anthony Center’s warden, Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught made the argument that Farmer was unfit for the Anthony Center. Additionally, the court heard testimony via video conference from a representative at the Anthony Center. Through that testimony it was learned Farmer had in fact not completed much of the program. The center’s representative added that refusing to follow orders at the center was a serious matter.

On or about Oct. 30, 2009, Farmer was picked up with Samuel James Allen Wells in New Martinsville after being stopped by police for running a red light. Soon after receiving a citation for the traffic violation, it was determined they possessed stolen property and the two men were picked up. The stolen property, including a computer, PlayStation 2, and cigarettes, were recovered.

Randall Lee Kemp Jr.

Randall Lee Kemp Jr., 26, of 100 North 7th Avenue, Paden CIty, pleaded guilty by way of information to two counts of felony offenses alleged to have occurred in Wetzel County during November and December 2010. Count one charged Kemp with the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin), and count two charged him with the felony offense of attempt to acquire a controlled substance by forgery. Kemp was sentenced to two to 15 years and two to three years, respective to counts one and two, in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men. These sentences will run concurrently. Kemp was given credit for 54 days served and was ordered to pay all court costs. Pursuant to the plea agreement, several other charges, including sealed indictments against Kemp, were dismissed. He was remanded to the NRJ to be transferred to the Division of Corrections.

The usual sentence for such offenses is one to 15 years and one to three years, respectively. However, due to recidivist of a prior felony conviction of burglary of a structure or conveyance said to have occurred May 19 in Volusia, Fla., Kemp received twice the minimum sentence for each count.

Count one of his offense is said to have occurred on or about Nov. 27 in Paden City wherein Kemp sold and delivered heroin to a cooperating Individual working with the Paden City Police Department.

Count two of his offense allegedly occurred on or about Dec. 2 wherein Kemp attempted to obtain prescription medications which were controlled substances from Rite Aid Pharmacy in New Martinsville. The pharmacist called the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office out of suspicion due to the quantity of pills supposedly prescribed. Kemp allegedly acquired a prescription pad from a dentist and gave a complete confession to the WCSO.