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Defendants Plead Guilty

By Staff | Jan 7, 2015

Several defendants pleaded guilty Dec. 11 before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

Shawn Michael Haslam, 31, of 42900 Long Ridge Road, Clarington, pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of misdemeanor possession of heroin. Haslam was originally charged by the September 2014 grand jury with possession of a controlled narcotic substance (heron) with intent to deliver.

For a factual basis of the crime committed, Haught stated that Haslam was arrested in the New Martinsville by New Martinsville Police Department on a traffic stop. Haslam was searched, along with his vehicle, and law enforcement discovered heroin stamps and $500 cash.

Haslam was sentenced to six months in the Northern Regional Jail, with credit for time served. His sentence was discharged the next day, Dec. 12.

Per the terms of the plea agreement, Haslam also forfeited the money involved.

In another matter, both Keith A. Morris, 58, of 418 North Huron Street, Wheeling; and Christopher Watson Smith, 24, of 105 North Second Avenue, Paden City; entered into conditional pleas before Judge Hummel. Smith was originally charged by the September 2014 grand jury with felony destruction of property, in that on or about Dec. 9, 2013, he struck a motor vehicle belonging to another, which defaced the vehicle, causing a loss in value of the motor vehicle in an amount of $2,500 or more. Morris was charged with false pretenses in that on or about April 11 he allegedly obtained $3,000 from another regarding the re-roofing of her house, without performing the work.

Both individuals were sentenced to one to 10 years for their crimes; however, the execution of each of their sentences was suspended and each defendant was placed on 36 months of probation.

Also, once each defendant makes restitution in their separate case, they will be discharged from probation and their cases will be dismissed.