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Judge Cramer Presides Over Court

March 6, 2019

The Honorable Judge Jeffrey Cramer presided over Wetzel County Circuit Court Feb. 27, when the following matters were addressed:

Michael Tyrone Blare, 36, appeared for a scheduled plea hearing. Blare, alongside Attorney Brett Ferro, entered a guilty plea, as part of a plea agreement, to a charge of DUI while license revoked third offense.

Blare told the court he was driving on Route 7, a public road in Wetzel County, and was pulled over by an officer. Prosecutor Timothy Haught advised the court, if the case were to go to trial, the evidence would show the crime did occur in Wetzel County; it was Blare's third offense with, the previous two occurring in 2014 and 2015 - both in Marion County.

Judge Cramer accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Blare according to the terms of the agreement. Blare was sentenced to one to five years in prison and fined $3,000. However, the sentence was suspended, and Blare was placed on one year of home confinement and fined $3,000. He was also ordered to pay the cost of the home confinement. After one year he will be placed on six months supervised probation.


Randy Lee Cline, 50, of Paden City, also appeared in court for a scheduled plea hearing. At the hearing, Cline pleaded guilty to count two of an indictment, charging him with fleeing from an officer. Cline said he had left his house on his ATV and was pulled over by Paden City Police Officer Raphe Bailes.

Prosecutor Tim Haught said the incident happened in Paden City on November 26, 2018. He said Cline fled after Officer Bailes activated his lights and siren.

Ferro told the court Cline is currently employed.

Judge Cramer accepted the plea agreement, which was binding on the court. Cramer sentenced Cline to one to five years in prison, with a fine of $1,000. As per the plea agreement, the sentence was suspended, and Cline was placed on one year of home confinement with work release. He will be placed on supervised probation for 18 months after he serves his home confinement.


Randall Wayne Yoho, 50, of New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was represented by Brent Clyburn. The guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement between the state and the defense. The remaining counts against the defendant were dismissed.

Yoho told the court that on May 31, 2018, he was pulled over by an officer while having marijuana he planned to sell. Prosecutor Haught said if the case were to have gone to trial, the state would show that Wetzel County Deputy David Howell pulled Yoho over, and through a search of his vehicle found 11 small bags of marijuana, plus other drugs and $700 cash.

Per the terms of the plea agreement, Judge Cramer sentenced Yoho to one to five years in prison. This sentence was suspended, and he was placed on two years supervised probation, plus ordered to pay cost of prosecution and forfeit property and money seized, to the Wetzel County Sheriff's Office.


Robert Eric Lemasters, 43, appeared in court with Attorney David White for a scheduled status hearing. White told the court there was a plea agreement between the parties on the petition to revoke probation charges against his client. The agreement called for LeMasters to admit his violation of probation, in exchange for 120 days of home confinement.

Prosecutor Haught told the court the defendant has medical conditions, and it would not be in the best interest of either party to have him serve time in jail. He noted this is LeMasters' second time for admitting to violating probation.

White provided the court with LeMasters' medical records, which Judge Cramer ordered to be sealed. Cramer accepted the plea agreement and sentenced LeMasters to a 120-day sanction of home confinement; he also ordered LeMasters to pay the cost of his home confinement. LeMasters was warned by Judge Cramer that if he violates probation again it will be his third time, and he will possibly have to serve his sentence in jail. Counts one, three, six and seven of the indictment against LeMasters were dismissed.



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