Judge Cramer Presides Over Wetzel Court Cases
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Honorable Judge Jeffery D. Cramer held court in Wetzel County. Appearing before Judge Cramer was Charles L. Roberts, 59, of 292 Bear Run Road, Littleton. Roberts was indicted by the January term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury on six felony counts of Failure to Update Sex Offender Registry Information, alleged to have occurred between Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 of 2017.
On Wednesday, he entered a guilty plea to count one of the indictment, a felony offense where he faces a potential sentence of one to five years in the custody of the Division of Corrections. The guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement reached through negotiations between the state and the defense. The agreement calls for counts 2-6 to be dismissed with prejudice and for the state to stand silent during sentencing.
Prior to pleading guilty to the charge, Roberts told the court he was unaware he had to register his e-mail address until he was served by the state police. Prosecutor Tim Haught said Roberts was a convicted sex offender who is required to register for life. He is required to report any changes within 10 days and failed to do so. He said the crime took place in Wetzel County.
Judge Cramer ordered a pre-sentence investigation report is to be done by the probation office. He said he would set a sentencing date at a later time. Roberts was allowed to remain free on bond pending the sentence date.
Kayla Dawn Cecil, 26, of 162 Furbee Ridge Road, Reader, appeared in court before Judge Cramer, alongside her attorney, Brett Ferro. Cecil is charged by the Wetzel County Grand Jury in a one-count indictment, charging her with Delivery of A Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), on or about Dec. 8, 2017, in Wetzel County.
On Feb. 28, Judge Cramer was advised there was a plea agreement between the parties. Prosecutor Tim Haught said for her plea of guilty, he recommends she receive a sentence of one to 15 years but be allowed to petition the court for a rule 35 motion that would release her from jail after five months, with credit for time served to attend drug court. Ferro asked that he be allowed to argue less than five months so she could get started with drug court. The agreement also gives her credit for time served.
After some questioning from Judge Cramer, Cecil decided she didn’t want the plea agreement because she was not going to plead to something she didn’t do. Judge Cramer ordered a recess so Ferro could speak with his client. Upon returning and notifying Judge Cramer she wouldn’t plead guilty, he rejected the plea agreement and set the case for trial on March 1, at 8:30 a.m. Cecil was remanded to jail. Later, after another case was heard, Judge Cramer – upon request from the state and Ferro – issued a second recess, so Ferro could discuss the case further with Cecil. Ferro conferred with his client, and she was brought back into the court room.
Judge Cramer was informed Cecil would plead guilty to the charge, by way of an Alford/Kennedy, meaning she would plead guilty, but not admit to the crime. The Judge accepted the guilty plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation report for the rule 35 motion from the probation office. After he receives the report, he will set a return hearing date. She was remanded to jail.
Paul Campbell, Jr., 33, of Salem, West Virginia, charged by the Gand Jury with daytime burglary and petit larceny, appeared in court on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with his attorney Brett Ferro, for a volunteeriness hearing. After hearing from the state and the defense, Judge Cramer decided more discovery was needed and continued the case until March 12, at 11 a.m. A trial date in the matter was also set for April 17.