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Howell Sentenced To Life With Mercy

By Staff | Jan 6, 2016

John Howell was sentenced to life with mercy Monday, Jan. 4 in Marshall County Circuit Court.

Howell pleaded guilty to felony kidnapping, one of his four original charges he was handed down by the January 2011 Grand Jury. The other three charges included second degree attempted sexual assault, first degree sexual assault, and malicious assault. These acts were allegedly committed by Howell, against his wife, on Dec. 14, 2010.

Howell’s trial was set for Jan. 5, after five years of court proceedings and deliberations, including nearly a dozen changes in counsel on Howell’s part.

Howell’s case also saw a change in prosecution after Howell spit on Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught during a July 2015 court proceeding. Howell was ordered to wear a spit guard while in court after the incident.

The case was then taken by Jeff Cramer, Marshall County Prosecutor. However, after Cramer’s appointment to Circuit Judge, Rhonda Wade then prosecuted the case.

Through his Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Facebook page, Prosecutor Haught thanked Cramer for taking the case after his (Haught’s) disqualification. Haught further thanked Wade, Assistant Prosecutor Herman Lantz, and Judge Recht, who ended up hearing the case.

Haught also thanked Deputy Eric Daugherty of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, who was the lead investigator on the case.

Haught said he was glad the case was concluded and believed “that the interests of the victim and justice have been served by the disposition today.”

Howell will be eligible for parole after 10 years.