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Isenberg Sentenced For Drug Charges

By Staff | Jun 10, 2015

Hope A. Isenberg, 50, of 48 Jemmison Lane, Bens Run, W.Va., appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel, Jr., on Thursday, May 21, for a sentencing hearing.

Isenberg had been indicted on February 2014 on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one felony count of posession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Isenberg, who had previously pleaded guilty to the charges told the court prior to sentencing on Thursday she was sorry for what she had done.

“I know what I did was wrong, I’m sorry, I sold pills and pot, I was waiting on my SSI and needed money to pay the bills,” said Isenberg

She also told the court she has physical and mental problems and she used her state medical card to get her pills.

Her attorney, John Gainer said he felt she was a low to medium risk and needs mental health treatment, he said she has other health issues as well and would ask that she be placed on probation or some other alternative sentence.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee said she had sold to someone under cover from the sheriff’s office, but there was really no way to tell how long or how many times she had sold her pills.

“You do the crime you do the time,” he said.

Furbee recommended she be sentenced to one to five in the state penetentiary for women for each count, with the sentence to run conncurrent. He recommended she be placed on 36 months probation once released.

Furbee, mentioned she had served time on a prior judgement in federal court, so because of that he didn’t feel she should be allowed alternative sentencing.

Judge Hummell, said that some people receive benefits and use them to better theirself, but not you, you received benefits from the state, used them to get medicines and then sold them.

“In short, you received benefits from the state to stay home in your trailor and sell drugs while good people go out and work,” said Judge Hummell.

Hummell then sentenced Isenberg to one to fives years in the custody of the division of corrections for a period of one to five years on each count, for an effective sentence of three to 15 years. All three counts are to run consectutive and after serving the first two terms, if eligable she can be put on probation for 36 months. Hummell also ordered her to pay a fine of $3,000. She was immediately remanded to prison.

Christina L. Boor, 45 of Dodd St, Middlebourne, W.Va,. appeared in court on Thursday, May 21, alongside her attorney Robin Bonovitch, for a sentencing hearing. Boor had been indicted by the June term of the Tyler Count Grand Jury on two felony counts of illegal drug activity involving methamphetamine. She recently pleaded guilty to a plea agreement where the state agreed to stand silent during sentencing.

At Thursday’s hearing Boor told the court she was sorry for what she had done.

“I bought sudafed, I didn’t know what he was doing, I have never done anything wrong, I am a good person,” she said. She also asked for alternative sentencing such as home confinement or probation. She said she was raising a family, “I am being honest,” she said, when told to be honest by Judge Hummel.

Her attorney stated she is a low risk, “she scored a 10 on the pre-sentencing report,” said Bonovitch, stating all of her drug screens were negative. Bonovitch also felt Boor would be a good candidate for probation.

Judge Hummel said he recalled what Prosecutor Furbee had said in a previous hearing, how just as it takes spark plugs to run a car it takes people to run a drug ring.

“You are one of those spark plugs that makes the car run,” he said.

He also stated he felt she had been dishonest to the court about her knowledge of what John VanCamp was using sudafed for.

Hummel then sentenced her to one to five years in prison and ordered her to pay restitution. Providing she is eligible, she can return for a rule 35 motion for alternative sentencing after spending 90 days incarceration. She was remanded to prison.

James W. Ellison, 18, of 313 Wood Street, Sistersville, W.Va., appeared in court for sentencing hearing on Thursday before Judge Hummell.

Ellison, had been indicted by the February term of the Tyler County Grand Jury for his role in setting a structure fire on Cliff St. in Sistersville. He was charged with the felony offense of first degree arson and the misdemeanor offense of trespassing. He had pleaded guilty at a recent hearing to a reduced charge of second degree arson and treaspass.

His attorney John Gainer told the court that Ellison was a low risk, saying, he has a pregnant girlfriend carrying his child. He has just graduated from high school.

Ellison said, “I was childish, I will pass a drug test and I am ready to man up and except responsibility, I want to support my family,” he said.

He mentioned he has job opportunities lined up and he would do whatever it takes to be put on probation. He told the judge he would respect his decision.

Hummel asked Ellison what the purpose for punishment was? Ellison replied he felt it was to keep people from committing crimes again.

Judge Hummel said, “It could have been worse. You put the local fire department and police at risk and others.”

He then sentenced Ellison to two years in prison, however, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on 36 months supervised probation. He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,060, to be paid by Dec. 20, 2015. Ellison was ordered to take a drug test and if he failed he was told he would go to jail for two years.