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Judge Cramer Holds County Court

By Staff | Feb 21, 2018

A pre-trial hearing, in Wetzel County Circuit Court, was held Feb. 14 for Paul Campbell, Jr., 33, of Salem. Campbell has been charged with daytime burglary and petit larceny. He appeared on Wednesday before the Honorable Judge Jeffery D. Cramer.

Campbell appeared alongside Attorney Brett Ferro, and the state was represented by Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught. Judge Cramer set a trial date for April 17. He ordered the defendant to be in court by 8:30 a.m. with jury selection to begin at 9 a.m. Cramer said the defendant could report in civilian clothes.

Ferro asked the Judge to consider a hand written motion, by the defendant, asking for a reduction in his bond. Campbell was previously on a $15,000 cash/surety bond under ABC bail bonding, but bond was set at $30,000 cash/surety on Jan. 18. Judge Cramer stated that if ABC is willing to pick back up the bond of $15,000, then Campbell would need to post $15,000 more.

Judge Cramer ordered Campbell remanded to jail to face trial on April 17.

Joseph K. Norris, 33, of New Martinsville, was originally sentenced to one to five years in prison for failing to appear on a felony bond, resulting from two counts of first degree sexual assault. She was subsequently fined and placed on probation. Norris was in court for a probation revocation hearing on Feb. 14 before Judge Cramer.

Norris had served some time on a previous probation violation, and on Feb. 14, he pleaded guilty to a second violation. Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught recommended Norris be sentenced to serve the remainder of his original sentence of one to five years in prison. The defense argued he should be given credit for time served, noting he had served eight months in Pennsylvania and 55 days of his last 120-day sentence – for the first probation violation – all since May 28 of last year.

Judge Cramer imposed the state’s recommended sentence of one to five years with credit for time served. He was remanded to the West Virginia Department of Corrections.

Christopher L. Leek, 33, of New Martinsville, appeared in court on a probation revocation hearing. Leek was originally charged in January 2015 by the Wetzel County Grand Jury with several drug-related offenses. Leek has been out on probation but was recently incarcerated for violating his probation when he tested positive on Feb. 3 and 4 for Methamphetamine.

On Feb. 14, he pleaded guilty to the violation and was sentenced to serve 60 days, minus time served. He was removed from probation immediately.