The following hearings were recently held in Pocahontas County Circuit Court:
A status hearing was held in the case the State vs Jacob Bing, 39, of Marlinton, wherein the court was advised that a plea agreement is in the works. A change of plea hearing is set for February 9. Bing was indicted on one count, grand larceny; two counts, burglary; one count, entry of a building other than a dwelling; one count, destruction of property; and one count, trespassing.
Defense counsel for Roger W. Teter aka Roger W. Teter, Jr., 50, of Dunmore, related that the defendant has an ongoing case in another division of the court and asked that another status hearing be set so both matters can be globally resolved. Teter was indicted on one count, petit larceny.
Virginia Hall, 41, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of grand larceny and was placed on one year deferred adjudication per the plea agreement. Hall will be subject to Day Report for screening and substance abuse evaluation.
Thomas Schoolcraft, 39, of Buckeye, pleaded not guilty to all counts in his indictment. Bond was set in the amount of $2,000, 10 percent cash, 90 percent personal recognizance with the added conditions of no contact, physical or verbal, direct or indirect with the victim in this case. He will be monitored by the home confinement program. Schoolcraft was indicted on one count, strangulation; one count, domestic battery; one count, trespassing.
Christopher Gibson, 46, of Buckeye, pleaded not guilty to all counts in his indictment. Bond was set at $5,000 to be posted the day of the hearing. Gibson was indicted on one count, failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes, second or subsequent offense.
Defense counsel for David W. Mace, 38, of Marlinton, asked for a two-week continuance of the change of plea hearing, as he is newly appointed to the case and has not had time to review it. Mace was indicted on three counts, strangulation; and two counts, wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
Christina Mae Giese, 41, of Arbovale, appeared by video from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail for an extradition hearing. The hearing was continued in order to learn the status of charges in Pocahontas County Magistrate Court.
Christopher M. Waybright, 39, of Arbovale, appeared by video from the TVRJ for his sentencing hearing. Defense counsel asked for lenient sentencing for the defendant as he has no felonies. The state agreed for Waybright to go to the G. O. A. L. S. program, a substance abuse program, within WVDOCR. Waybright waived his right to enter the program. The court then sentenced him to the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years with 233 days’ credit for time served. He was referred to a substance abuse programs within the DOC and remanded to custody. A jury found Waybright guilty of grand larceny.