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Defendants plead guilty to charges

By Staff | Sep 14, 2011

Appearing in front of Judge David W. Hummel, Jr., Sept. 8, David White, appearing with his attorney John Gainer, entered a guilty plea to felony unlawful assault, felony child abuse, and misdemeanor domestic battery and destruction of property.

White was sentenced to the WV Division of Corrections for not less than one nor more than five years for child abuse; four months and 10 days each in the North Central Regional Jail for domestic battery and destruction of property.

The sentencing for the child abuse conviction will run consecutively with his sentence for unlawful assault. White was remanded to custody and will be transferred to a state correctional facility.

Joshua D. Berryman, 33, of Sistersville, indicted in February on one count delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) and a felony charge of malicious wounding (in Monongalia County) appeared with his attorney to plead guilty to felony delivery of a controlled substance.

Berryman, who has been incarcerated since February, was sentenced to not less than two nor more than five years to a WV Division of Corrections facility, with credit for time served.

He is eligible for probation in the event he is released pending the outcome of the Monongalia County case, which carries a possible sentence of not less than two nor more than 10 years.

Jason E. Smith, Middlebourne, appeared with attorney Kevin Neiswonger, pleading guilty to one count conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Co-conspirator John VanCamp, also of Middlebourne, pleaded guilty to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine in April. VanCamp received the maximum sentence for his crime, not less than two years nor more than 10 years. Judge Hummel ordered a pre-sentencing investigation report be completed be and released Smith on continued bond until Sept 27.

John McKnew of Pennsylvania appeared with his attorney, Patricia Kurelac. McKnew was apprehended on a fugitive warrant following a disturbance at Main Street Quick Stop in Middlebourne.

McKnew, wanted in Pennsylvania on probation violations, waived his right to a governor’s warrant and agreed to voluntarily return to Pennsylvania to answer charges.

Judge Hummel remanded McKnew to NCRJ and ordered Pennsylvania authorities to collect McKnew within 13 days.

If Pennsylvania does not comply the defendant will be released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.