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Karl Sentences Two

By Staff | Mar 23, 2011

Two defendants from this term of court pleaded guilty to their offenses and were sentenced in Wetzel County Circuit Court this past week. Judge Mark A. Karl sentenced both to time in the West Virginia Penitentiary.

On March 21 Bradford Pernell Wiseman, 47, of 548 Apple Street, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to his two counts of threats of terrorist acts during his hearing before Judge Karl in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

For allegedly calling in false bomb threats to two businesses in Wetzel County, Wiseman was sentenced to one to three years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men for each count to run concurrently, with credit for 102 days served.

Wiseman is also ordered to pay a total of $5,680.40 in restitution in addition to court costs. Wiseman was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

The indictments detail that Wiseman allegedly conveyed false information concerning terrorist attempts on two occasions by placing cell phone calls–one to the New Martinsville Walmart store on April 10 and another to the New Martinsville Speedway Office on June 23–advising the establishments that there was a bomb on the premises, knowing the said information was false.

And on March 18, Thomas Clark Johnson, 29, of 312 Mount View Gardens, Waynesburg, Pa., pleaded guilty by way of information to one count of conspiracy to commit uttering.

For this he was sentenced to the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men for a period of one to five years with credit for 86 days served. The state did not oppose to a Rule 35 sentence modification motion following a successful six months served incarceration, at which time Johnson would be placed on two years supervised probation. Per the plea agreement Johnson’s other charges were dismissed.

He must pay restitution in the amount of $740 to the victim in the case in addition to court costs. Johnson was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

Johnson was indicted on three counts of the felony offense of forgery said to have occurred between July 22-23 in Wetzel County wherein he allegedly unlawfully, feloniously, and with the intent to defraud, forged the signature of another person to checks issued by Johnson and made payable to “Thomas Johnson” in the amounts of $240, $300, and $200 respectively to each count.

These checks were cashed at a store in Hundred.