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Defendants enter plea agreements in court

By Staff | Dec 24, 2014

Three defendants entered into plea agreements before Judge Mark A. Karl in Tyler County Circuit Court on Dec. 16.

Brandy L. Goding, 33, of Temple Circle, Sistersville, arrived in court with her defense attorney Philip Bowser. She was previously charged with three offenses in relation to the manufacture of methamphetamine. A plea agreement was decided upon which included paying for court costs and a drug program which is to start on the first Monday in January. She is permitted to drive to Ohio for medical appointments.

Joshua R. Smith, 29, of South Chelsea Street, Sistersville, pleaded guilty through an agreement to conspiracy to commit an offense against the state. Smith is to pay court costs in the amount of $500 and serve a period of one year on supervised probation.

A felony offense of possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine was dismissed.

Richard Hooks, 40, of Rippentuck Road, Friendly, pleaded guilty via plea agreement to third-offense driving under the influence. He was placed on six months home confinement with drug and alcohol counseling and screening, and was ordered pay court costs.

Also in court, Maverick Stewart, 22, of 243 N. Wells St., Sistersville, appeared in court accompanied by Attorney Kevin Neiswonger. He returned to court from the North Central Regional Jail since he had completed his stay at the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Stewart will serve two years supervised probation. It was stated that there was an error on the report from the Anthony Center. Instead of staying with his brother, he would be staying with his grandmother in Sistersville. This was met with no objection from Prosecutor Luke Furbee. Stephanie Moore is his court-appointed probation officer.

On Jan. 16 Stewart pleaded guilty to daytime burglary and grand larceny. Under terms of a plea agreement, Stewart was to be confined to not less than six months nor more than two years on each count, to run concurrently. His other four counts-two counts of daytime burglary, one count of grand larceny, and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny-were dismissed.

Mary Bassett, 26, of Dry Run Road, Sistersville, waived her right to a speedy trial. Attorney Kevin Neiswonger stated that there were certain things she wanted him to get to her before she made a decision on whether or not she would accept a plea agreement. He stated that he simply did not have enough time to do so.

Neiswonger asked for her case to be passed to Judge David W. Hummel’s docket. Her next hearing is set for Jan. 21 at 9:45 a.m.

Bassett is facing a four-count felony indictment from the October grand jury. She is charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the state, operating a clandestine drug laboratory, possession of precursor with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and manufacturing of a controlled substance. All the offenses are alleged to have occurred in Tyler County between May 26 and July 27.

Jonathan E. Glendenning, 24, of New Martinsville, appeared alongside his court-appointed attorney, John Gainer of the Public Defender Corporation. It was stated that a plea agreement was proposed, however it was refused. Gainer stated that they wished to proceed to trial. Glendenning was ordered to stay in contact with his attorney and to return on Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m.