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Fiest Plea Avoids Trial

By Staff | Jul 17, 2013

The case involving William Derek Fiest, 46, of 172 North Street, New Martinsville, will not head to trial today after Fiest entered into a last-minute plea on Tuesday.

Fiest pleaded guilty to third offense domestic battery and was sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. That sentence is held in abeyance, as Fiest will spend one year on home incarceration, followed by parole with the county’s chief probation officer, John D. Lantz, as the supervising agency.

Fiest has to complete the YWCA Batterers Intervention program in Moundsville, and he is also required to attend a minimum of one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting per week.

Fiest was originally indicted by the May 2013 grand jury. His charge of third offense domestic battery stated that on or about March 6 he struck the victim in the head with a beverage can.

Another case, which appears to be headed to trial involves Frankie Morris Jr., 23, of Mountainview Gardens, Waynesburg, Pa. Morris received a three-count indictment from the May 2013 grand jury, charging him with felony burglary, misdemeanor petit larceny, and misdemeanor transferring stolen goods. The trial has been set for July 29, 9 a.m.

These charges allege that on or about Sept. 15, 2012, Morris unlawfully entered the house of the victim, stole a Bond Arms Model BACD Derringer and J.C. Higgins 12 gauge Bolt Action Shotgun, with a value of less than $1,000, and transferred the Bond Arms Model BACD Derringer to another individual.