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Judge Karl revokes the probation of one

By Staff | Nov 26, 2014

Judge Mark A. Karl revoked one probation and, at least temporarily, continued another in Tyler County Circuit Court Monday.

Brandie R. Forrester, 30 of Middlebourne, admitted in court to breaking her probation on Nov. 5 by stealing a wallet belonging to another and fraudulently using a credit card.

She was charged by the February 2012 Tyler County grand jury with two counts of felony daytime burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. She was later sentenced on the felony daytime burglary charge to one to 10 years in the custody of the commissioner of corrections. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on two years supervised probation.

Judge Karl asked Prosecutor Luke Furbee if there was anything he wished to tell the court in the way of sentencing. Furbee said only that he would like the original sentence imposed and she be given credit for time served. Judge Karl agreed and ordered her to be remanded to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections to begin serving the remainder of her sentence.

In a similar matter, James V. Wells, 25, of Middlebourne, appeared Monday with his attorney John Gainer, for a probation revocation hearing. Wells was charged by the February term of the 2013,Tyler County grand jury with the felony offense of entry of a dwelling and the misdemeanor offense of grand larceny, both to have occurred on or about Nov. 30, 2012. He was sentenced on those charges and placed on home confinement. He was later found to have violated his home confinement and was remanded to prison. After release from prison and being placed on probation, he is now charged, again, with violating probation.

On Monday Wells told Judge Karl he has been attending AA meetings and has verification he has been there.

He said he also is actively seeking to find help through a rehabilitation center, even a long-term in-patient facility, and has been in contact with the local Department of Health and Human Service to try to get medical coverage.

Judge Karl asked him how many times he had been to AA, to which he answered six. Karl asked him if he was seeking help for drugs or alcohol, or both. Wells said he didn’t have a drug problem, only alcohol. Karl said he would allow probation to continue until Jan. 15, at which time he wants to see him back in court to see where he’s at with the help he needs. Karl, warned Wells that if he violates any part of probation, he will be incarcerated. He was told to stay in contact with his attorney and to return on Jan. 15.

Jonathan E. Glendenning, 24, of New Martinsville, was also in court Monday for further proceedings in his case charging him with five felony counts of forgery and five felony counts of uttering. The charges handed down by the October grand jury are alleged to have occurred in Tyler County between December 2012 and Jan. 13, 2013.

Glendenning’s attorney, John Gainer, told the court there has been a plea agreement reached and he would like to pass the case to allow more time to finalize it. Judge Karl set the matter to be heard for a plea on Dec. 16.

With no objection from special prosecutor Carl Bryant, Glendenning’s bond was allowed to continue. Karl told him to stay in contact with his attorney and to return to court Dec. 16.