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Goddard Given Prison Time After Failing To Complete Drug Court

By Staff | Nov 12, 2014

Andrew Ryan Goddard, 21, of HC 60 Box 12A, New Martinsville, was sentenced Friday by the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel to 90 days in jail for failing the county’s drug court program.

Goddard waived both his preliminary and adjudicatory hearings and did not contest the petition filed to revoke his probation, according to his attorney, Jeremiah Gardner. He added that Goddard admitted to the allegations in the petition.

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught noted that he had received a letter from Drug Court Coordinator Jennifer Call advising him that Goddard had not successfully completed the program

“I’m not privy to everything the court would be privy to regarding Mr. Goddard,” Haught noted. “Therefore, I’m leaving it at your discretion because you are aware of the situation why (Goddard) didn’t complete the program.” Haught did note “for Mr. Goddard and the record, probably the biggest problem I’ve observed is his attitude is number one, and number two is his associations. Those are the two things that cost him his inability to overcome.”

Haught noted that Goddard’s violation is “of a material term of his plea agreement, which was successful completion of the drug court program.”

“I do not believe the court is confined by the graduated sanction requirement, (an effect of Senate Bill 371) by which a person is placed in the drug court program,” said Haught. “That’s my position.”

The county’s chief probation officer, John D. Lantz, noted that Goddard had also been given a right to file a motion for a reduction in sentence, which was granted by the court after he completed the 90 days jail requirement. “Then he was placed in drug court,” Lantz noted.

“I don’t disagree with what the prosecutor says,” Goddard noted. “I have had a bad attitude in the past, and my associations have been awful. I did mess up in drug court. If I had not had made it to jail, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

“I would like to try it again,” Goddard continued, adding, “even if it is house arrest, I would like another chance. I burned a lot of bridges in my past, and it may be the last chance.”

“We have two drug court graduates today,” Judge Hummel noted. “Hopefully Andrew will be a part of them one day.”

Hummel stated that Goddard would do another 90 days in jail, “and then I’m going to attempt drug court again.”

Judge Hummel stated that the court makes specific findings that override Senate Bill 371 and the statutes enacted. Hummel also extended Goddard’s probation for one year.

Goddard was released from prison May 28 after successfully completing 90 days in jail. He had been sentenced on April 23 to one to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men after he pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

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As stated above, Judge David W. Hummel mentioned Nov. 7 that two more clients of the Wetzel-Tyler Drug Court were graduating that day. This makes a total of three, as one graduated last month. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught had the following remarks on his Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Facebook page: “This program is working thanks to the commitment of the participants, counselors, probation officers, Judge Hummel, and the Wetzel County Commission. This program is saving lives and jail fees. It is fast becoming a model for rehabilitation and treatment in the state.”