The following hearings were recently held in Pocahontas County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judges Robert E. Richardson and Jennifer P. Dent:
Erick Shawn Romanello, 43, of Marlinton, tendered a written plea agreement to the court wherein he will plead guilty to the felony offense of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense, and adjudication will be deferred to allow the defendant to be placed on a two-year diversion agreement with normal terms and condition. If Romanello successfully completes the diversion period, he may withdraw the plea of guilty and the matter will be dismissed. Court costs are to be paid during the diversion period.
Amanda Long (Brewer), 42, of Hillsboro, has completed the drug court program. She remains on probation until 2025. Defense counsel tendered a motion for early release of probation at a later date.
Spencer Combs tendered a written plea agreement to the court wherein he pleaded guilty to sexual assault, third degree. The agreement reflects that adjudication will be deferred and the defendant will be placed on a diversion period for one year with normal terms and conditions. If the diversion period is completed, Combs will be allowed to withdraw his plea and the matter will be dismissed. Court costs are to be paid during the diversion period.
David W. Mace, 37, of Marlinton, appeared by video from Tygart Valley Regional Jail for a status hearing. Defense counsel presented motions to sever charges and set the matter for trial. Mace was indicted on three counts, strangulation, two counts, wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony.
Christopher Michael Waybright, 38, of Arbovale, pleaded not guilty to one count grand larceny. He remains on previously posted bond.
In the case the State vs Roy Myers, 48, of Durbin, defense counsel tendered a motion to withdraw as a conflict exists with the office of the public defender. The court appointed another attorney.
Roger W. Sills was sentenced to five years in the custody of the state penitentiary as to the felony offense of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, and one year in the regional jail for the misdemeanor offense of brandishing a deadly wea-pon. Sentence is suspended and Sills was placed on probation for one year.