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Karl Sentences Three In Circuit Court

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

Newman B. Hoover II

Three defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced in Wetzel County Circuit Court on April 5 with Judge Mark A. Karl presiding.

Newman B. Hoover II, 43, formerly of Route 1, Box 105, New Martinsville, and presently of 140 Cecil Meneffe Drive, Moorefield, W.Va., pleaded guilty to counts one and three of his six-count indictment, those being third degree sexual assault and incest, respectively. For counts one and three, Judge Karl sentenced Hoover to one to five years, and five to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. These sentences will run concurrently. Hoover received credit for 184 days served. Upon completion of his sentence Hoover will be placed under supervised release for 25 years. Additionally, Hoover will pay court costs and is ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case. He was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

On Nov. 9 Hoover stood silent as the court entered innocent pleas for his six-count indictment for his offenses. Count one indicted Hoover with the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree in that he, being 16 years old or more, allegedly had sexual contact with a female child who was not married to Hoover. Count two charged Hoover with the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian in that between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009, he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child under his care, custody, or control. In the same span of time listed in counts one and two, count three alleged that Hoover committed the felony offense of incest in that he did engage in sexual intercourse with a relative.

Said to have occurred between April 12, 2008, and April 11, 2009, counts four, five, and six of his indictment charged Hoover with sexual assault in the third degree, sexual abuse by a custodian, and incest for the same occurrences outlined in counts one through three.

In another matter, Benjamin Joseph Dotson, 30, of 2503 Beverly Street, Parkersburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to count one of his three-count indictment, that being entry of a building other than a dwelling. Per the plea agreement, count two of his indictment was dismissed, and Dotson also pleaded guilty to the lesser included offenses of his five-count indictment, those being possession of several controlled substances.

Benjamin Joseph Dotson

For these offenses Judge Karl sentenced Dotson to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men for count one, and six months in the NRJ for each of his five counts of misdemeanor possession of controlled substances, to run concurrently. He was also ordered to forfeit all money and property including a 2002 Chevy truck to the New Martinsville Police Department.

On Feb. 9 Dotson pleaded innocent to each of his eight charges in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

Dotson was handed three-count and five-count indictments for his offenses involving attempted theft and possession of controlled substances with the intent to deliver.

Regarding his three-count indictment, count one charged that between June 24-25 in Wetzel County Dotson allegedly committed the offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling in that he did break and enter a building commonly know as the Robert C. Byrd Center, housing the offices of the Town of Pine Grove and the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, located in Pine Grove with the intent to commit a larceny therein.

Count two alleged that during this same time and location Dotson committed the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny in that he stole, took, and carried away goods and chattels having a cumulative value of less than $1,000, belonging to the Town of Pine Grove and the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods.

Count three charged Dotson with the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property for allegedly forcing open a window and multiple doors in the Robert C. Byrd Center in Pine Grove, thereby damaging the said window and doors.

Regarding his five-count indictment, counts one through five charged that Dotson allegedly possessed various controlled substances, those being: Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance; Vicodin, a Schedule III controlled substance; Lortab, a Schedule III controlled substance; Lorcet, a Schedule III controlled substance; and Dolophine, a Schedule II controlled substance, respectively, with the intent to deliver those same substances on or about Nov. 27 in Wetzel County.

Lastly, Joshua S. Dye, 21, of 2331 Mill Creek Road, Raven, Va., pleaded guilty to the lesser included misdemeanor of accessory after the fact to his one-count indictment of attempted entry of a building other than a dwelling. For this he was sentenced to six months in the NRJ, with credit for four days served, and fined $100. However, his sentenced is suspended to instead serve 1 year on home supervised probation providing he testify truthfully against his codefendants in the case.

On Jan. 26 Dye, along with codefendants Kevin E. Burress, 34, of 111 Brewster Lane, Cedar Bluff, Va.; and Wesley L. Burress, 35, of 315 Brewster Lane, Cedar Bluff, Va., entered innocent pleas for their one-count indictments in connection to an attempted burglary.

The three allegedly worked together in attempting to perform an act of theft on or about Nov. 11 in Wetzel County which resulted in the receipt of one count each against them.

Joshua Dye and Kevin Burress were charged with one count each of attempted entry of a building other than a dwelling for allegedly attempting to break and enter Norris Pharmacy located in Pine Grove with the intent to commit a larceny therein.

Wesley Burress was charged with one count of aiding and abetting attempted entry of a building other than a dwelling for allegedly counseling with, aiding, and abetting Joshua Dye and Kevin Burress to attempt to break and enter Norris Pharmacy located in Pine Grove.