Karl Sentences Barnes
A 19-year-old woman was sentenced to time in the Northern Regional Jail following her guilty plea to a lesser included offense during her hearing before Judge Mark A. Karl in Wetzel County Circuit Court on March 26.
Ciara Lynn Barnes of 202 Cherry Street, Woodsfield, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a lesser included offense to count two of her indictment. For this offense the judge sentenced Barnes to confinement in the NRJ for a period of one year with credit for 218 days served. In addition to her court costs, she will pay her share of the restitution to the local Wal-Mart store, from which she is permanently banned. Also pursuant to the plea agreement, the state dismissed count one of her indictment. Barnes was remanded to the NRJ to begin serving the balance of her sentence.
When asked what made her guilty of the offense of petit larceny, Barnes replied “I went to Wal-Mart and stole merchandise with codefendants.”
Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught shared with the court that Barnes was apprehended with a car load of primarily women’s clothing which totaled $954.99 before tax. He noted that as the actual total of the merchandise was below $1,000, they negotiated the above outlined agreement.
Prior to sentencing Judge Karl told Barnes, “This is a good resolution for you,” noting how only a misdemeanor will be on her record and that she is getting the chance to turn things around. “You’re going to get this behind you,” he affirmed. He then asked if he was going to see her again in the courtroom, to which she steadfastly said, “No, your honor.”
In October Barnes entered innocent pleas to her two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and grand larceny for offenses said to have occurred on or about Aug. 3 at New Martinsville’s Wal-Mart in Wetzel County.
Barnes, along with codefendants Allen G. Grayam, 24, of 537 Market Street, Clarington; Gary Clark Grayam, 19, of 537 Market Street, Clarington; and Brooke Frances Strope, 20, of 533 Market Street, Clarington; were each handed two-count indictments charging them with one count each of the felony offenses of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and grand larceny for allegedly conspiring amongst each-other to commit grand larceny, and for knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully, and feloniously stealing, taking, and carrying away goods having a cumulative value of more than $1,000 belonging to Wal-Mart Store No. 2684 in New Martinsville with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods.