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Briggs Case Is Continued

By Staff | Apr 30, 2014

The case involving Chelsea E. Briggs, 24, of 368 Virginia St., New Martinsville, has been continued until May 27, 9 a.m., after Briggs waived her right to a speedy trial.

In Wetzel County Circuit Court, on April 11, Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stated that a person had come forward and provided new information and there was still at least one witness New Martinsville Police Department Detective Donnie Harris has not been able to speak with that could be “inculpatory or explicatory.”

“We have one witness to speak with,” Haught indicated. “I think Mr. Neiswonger moved for the continuance because he has some concerns about some of the other evidence.” Haught stated he had no objections.

“Concerning the seriousness of the charges and not knowing what this other individual is going to say, I think it’s important to have a full picture of everything that has gone on here,” Neiswonger agreed.

On Jan. 24, Briggs entered a plea of innocence to her charges of murder and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin).

In another matter, Sarah Irene Watson, 22, of P.O. Box 125, Littleton, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in regard to the petition to revoke her probation. Special Prosecuting Attorney in the case, Luke Furbee, stated he had not disclosed any discovery yet in the matter, though “As of today I intend to do so at the earliest opportunity.” Thus, the case was set for adjudication for May 2, 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 was suspended and Watson was to serve one year of probation under the direction of Chief Probation Officer John D. Lantz.

On March 14, Watson appeared in court on a petition to revoke her probation. Prosecutor Haught stated he wished to recuse himself from the matter, as he was representing the state in a case where Watson is allegedly the victim.

In another matter, Jesse James Wiley, 35, appeared in court on a petition submitted to revoke his supervised release. Wiley served his original 2006 sentence, for incest, from Judge John Madden and had also received five years probation for two other charges-first degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian involving a female victim under the age of 11. Wiley had since been placed onto supervised released.

When asked if he had an attorney, Wiley stated that “No one’s told me anything . . . the only thing I got was the paperwork for me to show up to court today.” Wiley did state that his previous attorney was John Anderson.

A return date was set for May 2, 9:30 a.m., so that additional details and other specifics of Wiley’s original offense and sentence, as well as alleged new offenses, could be sorted out.

Prosecutor Haught remarked that the potential sentence for Wiley, if found guilty of violating his supervised release, would be not less than 10 nor more than 20 years. HIs original, suspended, sentences were not less than 15, nor more than 35 years for first degree sexual assault and 10-20 years for abuse by a custodian, with time to be served concurrently.