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Kerns Pleads Guilty To Information Counts

November 13, 2013
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer (lriggs@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Jordan Tyler Kerns, 21, of 402 Abbie Drive, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor information counts-stalking and domestic battery-Nov. 8 in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

For these offenses, the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel sentenced Kerns to six months for the stalking offense and 12 months for the domestic battery offenses. These sentences are to run concurrent to each-other, as well as concurrent to a sentence Kerns received in Tyler County. Kerns is also to have no contact with the victim in the case.

In regards to the domestic battery offense, Special Prosecuting Attorney Carl "Worthy" Paul stated that on or about May 25, 2013, Kerns allegedly struck his girlfriend. In regards to the stalking offense, Paul stated that sometime between May 17, 2012 and November 5, 2012, Kerns continued to contact his then-girlfriend by driving by her house, texting her, and harassing her.

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Dreama Vancamp

Kerns could have received up to a year in prison for each offense.

Per the terms of the plea agreement entered into on Nov. 8, Kerns' other charges, handed down by the May 2013 grand jury were dismissed.

From the May 2013 grand jury, Kerns received a two-count indictment charging him with photographing a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and distribution of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

On or about November 5, 2012, Kerns did allegedly photograph a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and then distributed the material by text message.

In another matter, Dreama Dawn Vancamp, 27, of 100 North Bridge Street Lot 12, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to count one of her two-count indictment, grand larceny.

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stated there had been a recent development in the case, due to Vancamp's lack of an appearance for her last hearing. However, Haught noted that Vancamp's plea would dismiss the charge of failure to appear.

A sentencing report is to be filed by Chief Probation Officer John D. Lantz. The state recommends Vancamp be sentenced to one to 10 years in prison.

Haught stated that the offense occurred when Vancamp was working as a housecleaner. Haught said Vancamp stole the victim's wedding ring, engagement ring, late mother's rings and a cocktail ring, which totaled in value well over $1,000. Vancamp then took the rings to Gold Diggers and sold them for scrap for $377.

The victim was unable to get her rings back because they had been melted down for scrap.

When asked to describe in court what had happened, Vancamp stated, "It pretty much happened the way he explained it."

Vancamp is to return to court Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. Although the defense requested that Judge Hummel release Vancamp on her former bond, Hummel established bond at $75,000, due to Vancamp's previous failure to appear.

 
 

 

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