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Owens Gets 1-10 Years

By Staff | Aug 29, 2012

A New Martinsville man was sentenced Tuesday in Wetzel County Circuit Court to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men.

Denzil Ray Owens, 31, of 100 North Bridge Street, Lot 12, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to count one, felony entry of a dwelling, of his two count indictment. Owens will receive credit for 124 days served in the Northern Regional Jail. All other charges in the case, including charges in the case of his codefendant, Patricia Nicole Goding, have been dismissed.

Owens was given a two-count indictment by the grand jury in May. These charges allege that Owens committed the felony offense of entry of a dwelling and petit larceny. The charges stem from the allegations that Owens intentionally entered the residence of Scott E. Davis and Renee Davis located at North Bridge Street, New Martinsville, and committed larceny of goods totaling less than $1,000. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Owens is to assist in the search and recovery of the stolen jewelry.

Tammy Anderson, 36, of Paden City, pleaded guilty to one information count of misdeamenor petit larceny. The alleged offenses were said to have occurred in December 2011. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Anderson’s one-year sentence was suspended and, instead, she will serve two years on probation. However, Anderson will be released from probation if restitution is made in the amount of $2,368.99. Furthermore, Anderson is to be banned from the New Martinsville Wal-Mart.

Because of conflicts in Judge Mark A. Karl’s schedule, the anticipated two-day trial involving Brandon Harvey, 26, of 6326 Lee Creek Road, Belleville, W.Va., has been rescheduled for Oct. 17, 9 a.m.

According to the true bills handed down by grand jurors during their September 2011 grand jury session, count one details that between Aug. 19 and 20, 2011, in Wetzel County, Harvey allegedly committed the felony offense of kidnapping by taking a young woman from New Martinsville against her will. In Wood County the victim got away from Harvey and called 911. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

Counts two and three of the indictment state that between the same dates as above, Harvey allegedly committed the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery with the same female, his ex-girlfriend, by shoving her to the ground and striking her with his hands in New Martinsville.

In another matter, James Russell Webber appeared in court to waive his right to a speedy trial for the current term of court. His return court date has been set for Sept. 28.

Webber is facing three felony counts of solicitation to commit a felony crime of violence for his acts said to have occurred between Oct. 1, 2010, and Dec. 8, 2010, in Wetzel County. Between the said time period Webber allegedly solicited, instigated, or induced a cooperating confidential individual to commit three felony crimes of violence, namely murders, against three men, by offering to compensate said individual for the acts of murder, providing money to purchase a firearm to conduct said murders, and discussing plans regarding said murders. Webber is currently on home confinement as part of his bond.