Circuit Court News
According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard June 25 before the Honorable James J. Rowe:
In a sentencing and disposition hearing in the case the State vs Matthew Allen Kerlin, 24, an inmate in the Huttonsville Correctional Cen- ter, the state remained silent. The court sentenced the defendant to the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years, with credit for time served. No fine was imposed. The sentences shall run concurrently. The defendant was remanded to custody.
In a hearing on the state’s motion to revoke bond in the case the State vs Darin Ramsey, 25, of Durbin, the defendant waived his right to an evidentiary hearing and admitted to violating the terms and conditions of the bail agreement with regards to the charge DUI- I. The court will allow the defendant to remain on bond with the added condition of home confinement. A jury trial is set for July 9 at 9 a.m.
In a hearing regarding a petition for revocation of parole and on the state’s motion to revoke bond in the case the State vs Travis Brown, 31, of Arbovale, the defendant waived his right to preliminary hearings, but did not waive his right to adjudicatory hearings. An adjudicatory hearing is set for June 27 at 10:30 a.m. and the defendant was remanded to jail.
In the case the State vs Randy D. Bennett, Jr., 27, of Marlinton, the court heard the defense motion for reconsideration of sentence. The court granted the defense motion and the defendant was placed on home confinement/day report.
In a sentencing and disposition hearing in the case the State vs Ina Pennington, 46, of Marlinton, the court sentenced the defendant to the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 15 years, with credit for time served. The defendant was fined $1,000 and will pay court costs. The sentence will be served on home confinement/day report. The court may reconsider a reduction in sentence based on the defendant’s progress within the programs.
In a change of plea hearing in the case the State vs Tracy Ferrell, 52, of Oak Hill, a handwritten agreement was presented to the court. The defendant is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of operating/attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit a felony and the state agreed to dismiss one count of operating/attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. The court accepted, and the matter was referred to the probation department for a pre-sentencing investigation. Sentencing and disposition is set for August 8 at 9:45 a.m.
In a change of plea hearing in the case the State vs George Gary Hissom, 63, of Marlinton, the court did not accept the plea agreement, and the matter is set for a status hearing July 25 at 10:30 a.m.
In a status conference in the case the State vs Norman Lee Alderman, 63, of Marlinton, wherein the defendant is charged with having data over the amount of $5,000, defense counsel asked the state to provide market value in the matter, but received no reply. The state provided defense with a quote from Computer Analysis Programmer, and the matter is set for trial August 19 at 9 a.m.
In a bench trial concerning the defendant’s appeal to a charge of speeding, the state had no opening statement in the case the State vs Norman Lee Alderman, 63, of Marlinton. Defense counsel advised the court that the case had been dismissed with prejudice in Magistrate Court. The stated explained that a discrepancy occurred when the order was entered, and the order was changed to reflect “with prejudice” at a later date. The matter was continued to August 8 at 10:15 a.m.