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Several Enter Pleas to Cramer in Wetzel County Circuit Court

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

Judge Jeffrey D. Cramer addressed several plea agreements on Friday, June 17 in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

Chelsea Dawn Rye, 26 of Hundred, pleaded guilty to aiding in selling of heroin.

“I assisted another in delivering a controlled substance she stated,” Rye noted, admitting to the offense.

There is to be a pre-sentence investigation in the matter, and Rye is to return to court for sentencing. She is currently held at the North Central Regional Jail.

Rye was originally charged with several drug offenses by the September 2015 grand jury, including conspiracy to deliver heroin delivery of heroin and delivery of a controlled substance.

Dathan Kimble, 31, of Hundred, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, possession of a controlled substance. He was originally charged two counts of conspiracy to deliver heroin and one count of delivery of heroin.

“I possessed heroin,” he said.

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught informed the court that Kimble was not the target of the investigation but was present in the delivery of heroin.

Kimble was sentenced to North Central Regional Jail for 95 days, which he has served. He was ordered to pay all fines and court costs.

Steven Postlethwait, 25, of Pennsboro, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 65 days, which he has served. He was also placed on six months of probation.

Prosecutor Haught noted that Postlethwait was not the target of the investigation but handled the methamphetamine.

Postlethwait was previously charged by the Wetzel County grand jury with two counts of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and one count of delivery of methamphetamine all having occurred on January 5, 2015.

Ryan Schostag, 28, of Cameron. pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. For this offense he was sentenced to one to five years in prison, with credit for time served. It was agreed to that after 120 days served, Schostag will be released to the custody of drug court.

“I did possess marijuana with an intent to deliver,” Schostag admitted to Judge Cramer.

Prosecutor Haught noted that Schostag was in possession of 22 grams of marijuana, around $500 cash, and amounts of meth and heroin.

Logan Drew Wade, 19, of New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to one to five years in prison. However, this sentence was suspended, and Wade will serve two years on supervised probation. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Justin Craft noted that Wade’s charges had resulted from a traffic stop. A search of his vehicle had yielded several baggies of marijuana.

Bryan Day, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit bank notes with intent to deliver, a misdemeanour.

“I possessed the counterfeit money,” he noted, confessing of the crime.

Day was sentenced to one year in prison, with credit for 170 days served. The prison sentence was suspended and Day is to serve 36 months of supervised probation. He is required to participate in the county’s drug court program.

Furthermore, Day must make restitution to Wal-Mart in the amount of $80.

Micheal Twite, 40, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Craft noted that on May 6 of this year, two deputies of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office had used a cooperating individual to travel to the M&K Bar in New Martinsville, to purchase oxycodone from Twite. Craft said after a controlled buy was conducted, officers from the WCSO and two West Virginia State Police Troopers had found additional oxycodone, a baggy of drugs that tested positive, and a Colt .45 pistol. Twite was charged with delivery of oxycodone.

Twite was sentenced to 1-15 years in prison, with credit for 43 days served. Post conviction bond was set at $10,000 dollars. Twite is out on bond until Aug. 8. He is then required to self report.

Nathan Kernan, 25, was sentenced to one to five years in prison after violating the terms of his supervised release. Kernan had previously pleaded guilty to third degree sexual assault. After serving two years of that sentence, Kernan was released. However, he had committing several offenses since his release from prison, including petit larceny.

Kernan pleaded for mercy, asking the judge to not sentence him to a full 10 years in prison.

Cramer ordered that Kernan be admitted to the Department of Corrections for five years. Upon his release, he will be placed on supervised release for five years.

Jacob Ray Young, 21, of New Martinsville will be released from prison July 16.

Young, previously convicted for grand larceny, was supposed to be on probation through July 15. However, he violated the terms and conditions of his probation by using methamphetamine, failing a drug screen, and associating with another individual who is a convicted felon.

Therefore, the court agreed that Young will remain in prison through his period of probation, which is set to end July 15.

Duwayne Louis Ueltschey, 36, was sentenced to 60 days in prison for violating the terms and conditions of his probation by consuming alcohol on multiple occassions, as well as using drugs.