Two Sent to Prison from Wetzel Circuit Court
Robert Greathouse, 40 of Pine Grove, was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for men on July 7, by Judge David W. Hummel, Jr. after pleading guilty to the charge of entry of a building other than a dwelling. He was also sentenced to one to 10 years for grand larceny, for his role in stealing two side-by-side vehicles from the building.
The two sentences were to be served concurrently; however, the second sentence was suspended, and once Greathouse is released from prison, on the first charge, he will have to serve seven years supervised probation for the second offense.
Greathouse had pleaded guilty to the two charges in June, before Judge Hummel, to avoid a grand jury indictment. He admitted to the offenses, which took place with two other individuals. Greathouse said he committed the crimes to take care of a drug debt he owed the other man involved.
Greathouse has a prior conviction on his record that he served five years in prison for.
Per the plea agreement, Greathouse is also responsible for restitution to the victim and the court. Greathouse was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.
Greathouse was represented by Attorney Brent Ferro and the State was represented by Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught.
Also on July 7, Edmund E. Wise, 26, of Wetzel County was sentenced to one to five years for the charge of unlawful assault. Wise had been charged with malicious assault after having a confrontation with the victim while he was intoxicated. He knocked the female victim unconscious at her residence during the argument. He had agreed in June, of this year, to a plea agreement, which reduced the original charge to the lesser offense.
Judge Hummel showed pictures of the badly beaten victim and told the defendant, “When you beat a woman, you go to prison.” It was noted that Wise has also had prior convictions of Domestic Battery, DUI and a drug-related heroin charge. He was also ordered by Hummel to pay all costs associated with the crime. He was remanded to prison to begin serving his sentence.
Wise was represented by attorney Brent Ferro while the state was represented by Prosecutor Tim Haught.
Samuel Minger, 38, appeared in court on July 7, alongside his attorney Patrica Kurelac. Minger was originally given a three-count indictment for third offense DUI, driving on a suspended license, and fleeing from an officer. He was in court in March on a petition to revoke probation. At that time there was confusion as to whether Minger had previously pleaded guilty to the offenses. He said he hadn’t pleaded guilty to anything, and he thought he had just waived a preliminary hearing. He had served 60 days of a 180 day jail sentence, with the other 120 days being dismissed.
In April, Minger he was back in court and requested new representation, stating he didn’t want to be represented by a public defender. A trial date had been set but Judge Hummel, at the time, felt Minger would not have time to be prepared for trial. Minger agreed to carry over to the May term of court.
In court, Kurelac said there is a plea agreement in the case and she needs time to review the agreement and meet with her client. Also the agreement needs reduced to writing. Judge Hummel passed the case until July 19. If there is no agreement at that time there will be a pre-trial conference on August 4. A trial date is set for August 7. Minger was remanded to jail.
Benjamin Dale Francis, 37, of 803 Ironton Street, New Martinsville, was in Wetzel County Circuit Court with his attorney, Brent Clyburn. Francis is facing a three count indictment – charging him with delivery of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of heroin with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance heroin.
Francis, who has two past felony convictions, faces the potential of a lifetime sentence as a three-time offender. It was noted that there is still one discovery issue and the state is still waiting on drug test results. Francis was ordered to return to court on August 7, for trial.
Glen Jordan, 33, of New Martinsville, appeared in court, alongside his attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, for a possible plea agreement. He has been charged by the Wetzel County Grand Jury with a two-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
No plea agreement was reached, and Glen Jordan was ordered by Judge Hummel to return to court for trial on Aug. 7.
Jamie Lee Jordan, 31, of 131 Dunlap Street, New Martinsville, was previously charged in a two-count indictment with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver and count two, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Attorney Brett Ferro told the court that the defense is in discussions with the state for a plea agreement and are very close to reaching an agreement. It was noted that Jamie Jordan has one prior felony conviction.
Judge Hummel, ordered him to return to court on July 19, at 11:30 a.m., and he said if there is no plea agreement, court will proceed to trial on Aug. 7.
Nathan Koontz, 22, of P.O. Box 174 Littleton, WV, was in court with his attorney, Brent Ferro, for a pre-trial hearing. Koontz has been charged by the Wetzel County Grand Jury with a two-count indictment, charging him with sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual assault in the second degree.
All motions in the hearing were granted and Koontz was ordered to return to court on Aug. 7, at 8:30 a.m., for trial.
Melissa Lee Lowe, 43, of 5436 North Fork Road, Pine Grove, appeared in court alongside Attorney Patricia Kurelac for a pre-trial hearing. Lowe is charged by the grand jury with two separate indictments, each containing two counts.
She is charged in one indictment with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The charges allegedly occurred on Jan. 8.
The other indictment charges her with entering a building other than a dwelling, and grand larceny.
A plea agreement has been reached and Lowe is to return to court on July 19, at 11:30 a.m. for the plea agreement hearing.
David Mansfield, 58, of 217 King Street, Troy, Tennessee, appeared in court on July 7, for a pre-trial hearing. He is represented by Brent Ferro, of the Public Defender Corporation. Mansfield is charged in an eight-count indictment with four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and four counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.
A trial date and time of Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m. was set by Judge Hummel. He was told by the state it appears to be a two-day trial. Judge Hummel granted a motion, by the defense, to allow Mansfield to appear in court at the trial in plain clothes without shackles.
Tabitha D. Newlan, 30, of 403 Abbie Drive, New Martinsville, was in court with her attorney, Patricia Kurelac, on July 7, for a scheduled pre-trial hearing. She is charged in a two-count indictment, with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). At the hearing, a trial date of Aug. 9 was set by Judge Hummel.
Howard Ray Starkey, 58, of 5436 North Fork Road, Pine Grove, faces three separate indictments from the grand jury. Starkey appeared in court July 7, with his attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, for a plea-trial hearing. was in court on July 7, with his attorney Kevin Neiswonger for a pre-trial hearing.
Starkey is charged in a two-count indictment with of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He also is charged in a one-count indictment with grand larceny. In another two-count indictment he is charged with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. According to Starkey’s attorney they are very close to a plea agreement.
Judge Hummel ordered Starkey to return to court on August 4, for a possible plea.
Robert Leu Kernan, 37, of New Martinsville, is charged with failure to appear on a felony bond. He appeared in court with his attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, who reported to the court that counsel is very close to a plea agreement. Kernan is to return to court Aug. 4, 9:45 a.m. for a possible plea, and to argue sentencing.