Bennett, Noland, Long plead guilty to charges
On June 30, three defendants pleaded guilty before Judge Mark A. Karl.
The first to plead was Angela Bennett, 28, of 49 South Wells Street, Sistersville.
In an indictment, she was charged with the felony offense of malicious assault by unlawfully, feloniously and maliciously causing bodily injury to a female victim, by cutting her head with a glass beer mug, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill the victim. The incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 1.
A sentence of not less than one and no more than five years was reduced and Bennett was placed on one year probation.
She was also ordered to pay $1,215.89 in restitution and serve 48 hours in North Central Regional Jail to begin on July 9 at 9 p.m.
Jerry D. Noland pleaded guilty to count one of a three count indictment – the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver.
Noland, 44, of East Charles Street, Middlebourne, was indicted by a grand jury for three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Adderall, with the intent to deliver. However, counts two and three were dismissed.
He was sentenced to serve no less than one and no more than five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men to begin on July 31 at noon. He is to self-report to the North Central Regional Jail to be transported.
Noland was released on his former bond.
Shawn W. Long also pleaded guilty to two of the charges against him.
Long, 40, of P.O. Box 145, Middlebourne, was charged with a misdemeanor, second offense of battery on a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol to have allegedly occurred on Sept. 21, 2008.
Judge Karl sentenced Long to serve eight months, a total of 271 days and fined him $500. Long will also serve 72 hour sentence to be served concurrent.
Additionally, Long was ordered to pay $657 to Tyler County Commission for restitution and all court appointed fees.
His bond was continued and was ordered to return on July 22 at 9:15 a.m. under Judge Hummell.
Instead of going to trial, Timothy J. Channell pleaded guilty on June 24 to the charge against him, two days before his trial was scheduled to begin.
Channell, 46, of HC 62 Box 105, Jacksonburg, W.Va., was indicted by a grand jury on June 9, 2009.
According to the indictment, on or about the April 12, 2009, Channell committed the felony offense of malicious assault by unlawfully, feloniously and maliciously causing bodily injury to a male victim by punching him and choking him around the neck with his hands, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill him in violation of Chapter 61, Article 2, Section 9(a) of the West Virginia Code of 1931, as amended, against the peace and dignity of the State.
Channell commented on his offense, “Your honor, the victim and I got into a fight because he stole my money. I don’t remember how many times I hit him. He said something about getting the girls drunk, so that’s when I started hitting him.”
Judge Karl asked Channell if the victim went to the hospital?
“Yes, I believe he did,” said Channell.
Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee then gave the state’s evidence against Channell.
“Mr. Channell, Mr. Blankenship and Mr. Wade were fishing on Indian Creek Road. When they ran out of beer, they went to the Exxon station at Blue to get some more. The card they tried to use would not work so they got back in the car and were heading back to the fishing camp up Indian Creek Road. Channell got angry and starting hitting the victim from behind and was choking him.”
Since no pre-sentence report was to be completed, Judge Karl sentenced Channell that day to serve no less than one and no more than five years in the Division of Corrections. Channell was given credit for time already served.
Judge Karl also ordered him to pay $1,076.00 in restitution to Wade and all court appointed fees.
Channell’s attorney, Public Defender John Gainer asked Judge Karl to grant his client 30 days to get his affairs in order.
Furbee requested not to grant him the 30 days and to be retained at this time.
Judge Karl overruled both Furbee and Gainer’s request and told Channell he would be given 15 days to get his affairs in order and to self-report to the Tyler County Sheriff’s office on July 9 at noon to be transported to the DOC.
Judge Karl also reminded Channell he is to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim.
Also appearing before Judge Karl was Jason E. Smith, 38, of Fair Street, Middlebourne.
Smith was recently indicted by a grand jury for failure to meet obligation to provide support to a minor by virtue of an order of the Family Court of Tyler County.
Smith stated to Judge Karl that he can not afford an attorney at this time.
Sgt. Dean Pratt handed the indictment and an eligibility form for public defender’s office.
Judge Karl also issued his bond at $3,000 cash justification by June 25 at 4 p.m.
Smith was ordered to return on July 9 at noon.
Michael L. Mason, II also appeared before Judge Karl.
Mason, 20, of Shirley, was indicted on five counts by a grand jury in June. Count one is a felony offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, count two a felony offense of fleeing from a police officer in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, count three which charges him with a felony count of driving while license suspended or revoked; first offense, count four a misdemeanor offense of reckless driving; and count five a misdemeanor offense of underage consumption of alcohol.
Pratt handed Mason the indictment and an eligibility form after he said he can not afford an attorney. Mason was released on his formal bond and ordered to return on July 9 at 12:15 p.m.
Zachary S. Boor, 19, or 113 Dodd Street, Middlebourne, appeared to face the charges against him.
Boor was indicted by a grand jury in June for two felony offenses of delivery of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor offense of delivery of an imitation controlled substance.
According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 25, 2009, Boor knowingly and feloniously delivered Adderall XR (amphetamine sulfate), a schedule II controlled substance, within 1,000 feet of school property.
On or about Sept. 27, 2009, Boor knowingly and feloniously delivered marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property and on or about December 27, 2009 he knowingly and feloniously delivered a substance which he falsely represented to be Vicodin, a schedule III substance.
Judge Karl set his bond at $5,000 cash surety. He was ordered to return on July 9 at 12:30 p.m.
Although he was on the docket, Patrick J. Blavos, 34, of 525 Ruby Street, Belmont, failed to appear.
Blavos was indicted by a grand jury and charged with the felony offense of failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor by virtue of an Order in the Family Court of Pleasants County.
Also appearing before Judge Karl was William L. Wright, 33, of 2837 Tyler Highway, Sistersville.
Wright was indicted for the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance by unlawfully, feloniously delivering marijuana, a schedule I substance and a misdemeanor offense of delivery of an imitation controlled substance he falsely represented to be Vicodine, a schedule III substance.
Judge Karl set his bond at $5,000 cash surety.
Wright was ordered to return on July 9 at 9:45 a.m.