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Busy Week In Wetzel Circuit Court

June 13, 2018
BY ED PARSONS - Staff Writer (eparsons@tylerstarnews.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The following matters were recently addressed in Wetzel County Circuit Court:

Jason Anthony Litton, 37, of 133 South 1st Avenue, Paden City, appeared before the Honorable Judge Jeffery D. Cramer recently for a sentencing hearing. Litton pleaded guilty earlier this year, as part of a plea agreement, to two counts of a three count indictment of third-offense shoplifting.

Judge Cramer sentenced Litton to serve two 1-10 year terms in prison, to be served concurrently. After serving six months, Litton will return to court for a rule 35 early release motion. If released, he will be placed on six months home confinement and ordered to complete drug court. He will also be placed on two years supervised probation.

Robert Jason Work, New Martinsville, appeared in court with his attorney, Thomas White. Work is charged in Wetzel County , with the felony offense of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Work's attorney told the court more time and additional information is needed and asked that the case be continued to another date. Judge Cramer ordered a return date of June 21, at 9 a.m. Work is on bond and bond was allowed to continue.

Michael Bassett, 37, of Rt 1, Box 265, Middlebourne, appeared in court alongside his attorney, Thomas White, for arraignment on charges handed down by the May term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury. Bassett was named in a two-count indictment, charging him with the felony offenses of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Both offenses are alleged to have occurred on or about August 18, 2017, in Wetzel County.

Bassett entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. He was remanded to jail, pending a $5,000 cash/surety bond and ordered to return to court on July 20, for a pre-trial hearing.

Caitlin Taylor Parsons, 27, of New Martinsville, was indicted by the May term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury on the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver. The offense is alleged to have occurred on or about October 5, 2017. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge before Judge Cramer. Her bond was allowed to continue, and she was ordered to return to court on July 20, at 9 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing.

Courtney White, 29, of 28 Rose Street Lot 88N. New Martinsville, was previously charged with 13 felony counts in an indictment from the May term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury. She has had her case dismissed with predudice on and was released from her bond. It was noted she is making restitution to the alleged victim.

Kelly Lee Tustin, 55, of P.O. Box 402, Hundred was previously charged in a two-count felony indictment by the January term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury. She was charged with grand larceny and conspiracy. She pleaded no contest to the lessor included charge of joy riding and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Judge Cramer reminded her she could have been given six months. She was remanded to jail to complete her sentence.

Ashley Brooke Willhoite, 37, of 133 South First Avenue, Paden City, was charged by the January term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury in a three-count felony indictment of daytime burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy. She recently appeared in court alongside her attorney Kevin Neiswonger for a plea hearing. Neiswonger told the court they have a plea or are very close to one. He asked to come back at a later date. Judge Cramer ordered Willhoite to return to court on June 21, at 9a.m. for a plea or a trial date. She was remanded to jail.

Leslie Wayne Riel, 70, of 20 Union Street, New Martinsville, had a scheduled status hearing but was not in court due to his hospitalization. Prosecutor Tim Haught told the court Riel is not in good health, and is being treated. Judge Cramer continued the case generally.

Kenny Steven Harrison, 65, of Paden City, appeared in court alongside his attorney, Brett Ferro, for a revocation of probation hearing. Harrison had tested positive for marijuana use on several occasions and admitted to the violation. Ferro asked the court to reduce his violation sanction to 30 days, and Prosecutor Tim Haught argued for the 60 day sanction, based on his continued positive testing. Judge Cramer set the sanction at 45 days, gave him credit for 21 days served, and remanded him to jail. Harrison is charged with welfare fraud.

Robin Fluharty, 45, of Jerusalem, Ohio, charged by the Wetzel County Grand Jury with grand larceny, appeared in court alongside her attorney, Patricia Kurelac, for an adjudicatory hearing. She admitted to violating her probation. Prosecutor Tim Haught asked the court to give her the 60 day sanction for testing positive for use of illegal controlled substances. Her attorney asked for less than the 60 days, based on the fact she has been making restitution. Judge Cramer followed the recommendation of the state and sentenced her to serve 60 days with credit for time served.

Tasheena Davis, 21, of 126 Pike Street, New Martinsville, appeared in court alongside Attorney White for a hearing. She was originally charged with the felony offenses of conspiracy to deliver heroin and delivery of heroin. It was announced there was a resolution in the case, and she admitted to violating her probation. She was sentenced to a 60 day sanction with credit for time served since May 11. Upon her release, she will be placed back on probation. Judge Cramer reminded her of the penalties for any more violations.

William Paul Morgan, 38, of 318 South Wells Street, Sistersville, was arraigned on a one-count felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender. He was indicted by the January term of the Wetzel County Grand Jury. Morgan entered a not guilty plea to the charge and was remanded to jail. His bond was set at $5,000 personal recognizance, and when released, he will have three days to re-register with the West Virginia State Police as a sex offender and will be under pre-trial supervision. He was ordered to return to court on July 20, at 9 a.m.

Derek Austin Anderson, 26, 189 N. State Route 2 D202, New Martinsville, was arraigned in Wetzel County Circuit Court on a one-count felony indictment handed down by the May term of the grand jury; he was charged with destruction of property, alleged to have occurred on or about August 16, 2017, in Wetzel County. Anderson was under a $10,000 personal recognizance bond from magistrate court, and Judge Cramer reset the bond at $2,500 c/s bond. He was remanded to jail. If he makes bond he will be under supervised probation. He was ordered to return to court on July 20, at 9 a.m.

 
 
 

 

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