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Watson Appears On Probation Issue

By Staff | Mar 26, 2014

Sara Irene Watson, 22, of P.O. Box 125, Littleton, appeared in Wetzel County Circuit Court March 14 on a petition to revoke her probation.

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stated that he wished to recuse himself in the matter, as he was representing the state in a case where Watson is allegedly the victim and that now Watson has allegedly committed a new crime.

The Honorable Judge David W. Hummel agreed with the state in the matter and stated that the court would bring in a special prosecuting attorney for the matter.

Attorney David C. White is representing Watson, and she is to return to court April 11, 9 a.m.

Watson pleaded guilty March 21, 2013, to two misdemeanor counts of battery.

For these offenses, she was sentenced to two six-month sentences to run concurrently. However, the execution of these sentences were suspended, and Watson was to serve one year of probation under the direction of Chief Probation Officer John D. Lantz.

In another matter, Daniel Ray Jones, aka “Little D,” 28, of 130 N. Bridge Street, Lot, 12, New Martinsville, also appeared in court on a petition for probation revocation. The court was informed that Jones was allegedly arrested and charged in Ohio County with conspiracy to deliver heroin. Furthermore, the allegations against Jones include that he allegedly left the state of West Virginia to purchase heroin. He also allegedly took several doses of the drug as well. Jones will appear alongside Attorney Kevin Neiswonger April 11, 9 a.m.

Jones pleaded guilty May 2, 2013, to delivery of oxycodone.

The state’s recommendation for this offense was that Jones be sentenced to one to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. At that time Judge Mark A. Karl agreed to this recommendation. Furthermore, the execution of the sentence was suspended and Jones was placed under probation for two years, under the supervision of Chief Probation Officer John D. Lantz. Jones was given credit for six days already served.

Jones was ordered to pay $62.98 to the West Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and also requested drug counseling as a part of his sentence.

In another matter, Denton Franklin Pletcher Jr., 21, of HC 62 Box 47, Burton, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting to a probation violation. Pletcher had been terminated from the county’s drug court program.

Pletcher’s attorney, David C. White, stated that his client was willing to admit to the violation.

“You are very aware of this case,” Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught noted to the Judge Hummel. “(Pletcher) didn’t make drug court the priority, and I’m tired of hearing excuses. He needs to get it in gear, and get it done.”

Pletcher has been incarcerated since Jan. 10, and so it was determined that he would be released from jail April 10, 8 a.m. White stated that he was informed that Pletcher would receive one more chance in drug court.

Hummel warned Pletcher that next time, if he were to violate his probation, he would “lobby the parole board that you do at least five years.”

On July 16, 2013, Pletcher pleaded guilty in Wetzel County Circuit Court to one count of grand larceny. Pletcher confessed to stealing tools and saws, valuing more than $1,000, off the back of a company truck belonging to Savage Heavy Highway, located in Wetzel County.

A sentence of one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men was suspended and Pletcher was placed on two years probation. If he were to make restitution by the end of that period, then his sentence would have been completed.

However, on Sept. 6, 2013, Pletcher’s probation was suspended for hydrocodone use. After jail time, he was to report for drug court assessment.