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Circuit Court

A jury trial was held September 22 in the case the State vs Charles Calhoun, 34, of Marlinton, wherein the defendant was found guilty of brandishing a deadly weapon and destruction of property. Calhoun was found not guilty on two counts of domestic battery.

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard recently before the Honorable Judges Jennifer P. Dent and Robert E. Richardson:

A hearing on a motion for alternative disposition was held in the case the State vs Michael A. Stewart, 40, of Buckeye, wherein the state opposed the motion as the defendant had already been sanctioned three times. The court imposed the original sentence of one year in the regional jail with 145 days’ credit for time served. Stewart was fined $500 and court costs will be assessed.

A joint sentencing hearing with Greenbrier County was held in the case the State vs Jennifer Highlander, 28, of Marlinton, wherein the court sentenced the defendant to not less than one year nor more than 10 years to run concurrent with a sentence in Greenbrier County. Highlander was given credit for 174 days served. Restitution was assessed in the amount of $1,042.66. She was remanded to custody.

George M. Harmon, 28, of Marlinton, waived his right to an extradition hearing and agreed to voluntarily return to Bath County, Virginia. He was wanted as a fugitive from justice from the Commonwealth of Virginia for grand larceny; grand larceny – stealing a motor vehicle; burglary; and petit larceny, third offense.

Rocky Lee Deane, Jr., 26, of Gladstone, Virginia, waived his right to an extradition hearing and agreed to voluntarily return to Bath County, Virginia. He was wanted as a fugitive from justice from the Commonwealth of Virginia for grand larceny; grand larceny – stealing a motor vehicle; burglary; and petit larceny, third offense.

A sentencing and disposition hearing was held in the case the State vs Eden Denys Taylor, 35, of Indore, wherein the state related that the defendant has another offense in Clay County and her SAR Psychological evaluation mentions five areas of concern. The court denied a defense motion for alternative sentencing, and sentenced Taylor to the WV- DOCR for a determinate sentence of two years with credit for 232 days’ served. It was further ordered that the defendant will be on 10-year post-incarceration supervision with the Pocahontas County Probation department after her release. She is also required to register as a sex offender within three days of release from incarceration. Taylor was referred to the RSAT program within WVDOCR.

A hearing on a motion for bond modification was held in the case the State vs Larry A. Turner, 41, an inmate in the Southern Regional Jail, wherein the state opposed the motion, explaining that the defendant is charged with five offenses in Pocahontas County and charges in other counties after a high speed chase in stolen vehicles. The court denied the defense motion, and the amount of bond remains at $250,000, cash or surety.

A change of plea hearing was held in the case the State vs Steven T. Goode, 50, of Slaty Fork, wherein the defendant agreed to plead guilty to wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony; and the state agreed to dismiss, with prejudice, the other two counts in the indictment. The court accepted the plea and upon recommendations, the court deferred adjudication and referred Goode to the Southeastern Drug Court Program. If he completes the program, the plea may be withdrawn.

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