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Morris To Serve 1-10 In Prison

By Staff | May 27, 2015

The probation of Ronald James Morris, 22, of Reader, was revoked Monday, May 18 after Morris admitted to violating the terms of his probation by possessing marijuana. For this offense, Morris was ordered to serve his original sentence of one to 10 years.

The Honorable Judge David W. Hummel stated at the hearing that he had extended every “olive branch” opportunity to Morris.

Morris responded that New Martinsville is a bad place for him.

“I got strung out. I mean, bad . . . Just being around the people I was around and being in New Martinsville and everything. I’m just not going to be successful until I try to change people, places, and things . . . No matter if I’m in drug court, no matter where I’m at. It’s horrible that I have a baby, and I can’t even give up drugs for that,” Morris admitted.

Hummel stated that he was going to give Morris a long-term rehab center, citing the Division of Corrections.

“It is nothing personal,” Hummel stated. “If you think we could have done something better, write to me and let me know,” he added.

Morris admitted that if he wouldn’t have been sent to jail, he would’ve “died in a couple of months.”

Hummel ordered that Morris serve his original sentence of one to 10 years.

On Dec. 16, 2013, Morris was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to complete drug court as well. Morris had violated his probation by possessing marijuana.

Morris was charged by the grand jury in May 2013 with two counts of felony entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny. The counts alleged that on or about March 28, Morris entered the Convenient Store in Paden City and stole cash, totaling less than $1,000.

Morris admitted to the offenses on July 10, stating, “I was pretty messed up.”

Due to a lack of prior criminal history and Morris’ agreement to enter into an in-patient drug rehabilitation program at his expense, Morris’ sentence of one to 10 years in the penitentiary was suspended. He was also sentenced to serve probation with additional requirements that he obtain drug rehabilitation, comply with drug court when it becomes available, and attend a weekly Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

In another matter, Summer Riley, 32, was ordered to serve her original sentence of one to five years after violating the terms of her probation by falsifying a urine test for drug court.

Riley stated to Judge Hummel that the drug court program is really good, and “I think I would get through it if everybody else that is using and manipulating the system could get out.”

Hummel stated to Riley that he would have rather she had tested negative as she would have only had to spend a weekend in jail.

“The court imposes one to 15 years,” Hummel said, adding that he wished Riley good luck and “will see you another day.”

In December 2014, Riley was sentenced to 60 days in jail after violating the terms and conditions of her probation.

In December 2013, her probation was revoked due to Riley being in the vicinity of the New Martinsville Villas Apartment Complex, where she was prohibited to be. Riley was sentenced to 30 days for that offense.

On Dec. 17, 2012, Riley pleaded guilty to delivery of oxycodone and was sentenced to one to 15 years. This sentence was suspended, and Riley was instead ordered to serve three years of probation.