New Martinsville Man Sent to Anthony Center
James A. Haught, 21, was sentenced Friday, March 18 to serve one to five years as a youthful offender at the Anthony Correctional Center.
Haught had pleaded guilty, by Alford, on Feb. 19 to one count of third degree sexual assault. By pleading Alford, Haught did not admit guilt but agreed that the state had enough evidence to convict him of the offense.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carl “Worthy” Paul said the state’s recommendation was that Haught be sentenced to one to five years in prison followed be supervised release.
Haught requested probation, noting that he was going back to college in the fall to continue his education.
Haught further stated he was looking for work to pay for college “and to find a place to move on in my life and to grow up, become more of an adult.”
Judge Jeffrey Cramer noted that he appreciated Haught’s statement but “absent is any sign of remorse.”
“You say you want to move on, but you haven’t said how your actions affected (the victim),” Cramer added.
Cramer said he was going to order that Haught serve his sentence alternatively at the Anthony Correctional Center in hopes that Haught could be provided with an education or vocational training.
“When you are released you will have something you can get a job with. My fear is that if I simply sentence you to straight probation, two years from now you will be a convicted felon who is on the registry and virtually unemployable,” Cramer said.
Cramer also added that after release from the center, Haught will be on supervised release for a period of five years. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
In another matter, Gavin Morris will return to court April 21, 3 p.m. for sentencing.
Previously, on Feb. 11, Morris pleaded guilty to third degree sexual assault.
He was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday; however, it was noted that Morris had misunderstood the location of an evaluation he is required to undergo. Therefore, Morris’ evaluation was rescheduled.