Criminal Cases Are Heard in Tyler County Circuit Court
The Tyler County Circuit Court gaveled into session on July 10. The docket began at 10 a.m. with the Honorable Judge Jeffery D. Cramer presiding over the court.
Jonathan Stout, 24, of 4220 Nutter Fork, West Union, appeared before the Judge on this day for an arraignment. Stout allegedly faces six counts of sexual assault in the third degree. Stout plead not guilty to the said offenses, and his attorney made a request for discovery. He will appear once again in the Tyler County Circuit Court on August 6 at 10 a.m. for a status hearing and to schedule a trial date. Stout was placed on pre-trial supervision as a condition of his bond.
Nichelle Reed, 27, of 211 Frew Circle, Middlebourne, also appeared in the Tyler County Circuit Court that day for an arraignment. Reed is indicted with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. She plead not guilty, and her attorney made a request for discovery. Reed is to return to court on August 6 to set a trial date. She is currently incarcerated, and thus was remanded.
Joshua Hunter of 499 Pleasants Ridge Road, Sistersville, appeared before the Honorable Judge Cramer with a motion for bond reduction. Hunter is currently indicted with incest, sexual abuse by a guardian, and sexual assault in the first degree. His attorney emphasized that if he were to be placed on bond, he will reside in Tyler County with his mother. Hunter’s bond is currently set at $100,000 at this time. When asked about his previous criminal history, Hunter replied that he had none. Ms. Cornell, who was representing the state for the case, argued the statement saying that a brief look at his criminal history would reveal a few felonies within the past few years. Cornell went on to say that she believes that the case is so severe and so sensitive that she does not feel it is in the best interest to reduce Hunter’s bond at this time. The Judge asked the state to file a written response to the request. Hunter is currently incarcerated, and was remanded.
Ronald Wright of 914 Bolen Road, Paden City, appeared in the Circuit Court for a motion for reconsideration. Wright is charged with a one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Wright was in custody at the time of the hearing, and had been since January 2, 2019. However, he was on work release. The Judge granted the suspension of Wright’s sentence, and placed him on supervised probation for two years. Wright was free to go following the hearing.
Tony Winter of 105 N Third Avenue, Paden City, appeared in the Tyler County Circuit Court for a plea entry. Winter is facing a one count indictment for possession with the intent to deliver. He plead guilty to the indictment as stated, saying that on November 18, 2018, he intended to deliver methamphetamine to another individual. The Honorable Judge Cramer deferred accepting the guilty plea agreement, and Winter was placed on a two year probationary period in which he will have to attend the Adult Drug Court Program. If his probation is violated during the diversionary period, Winter will face one to five years in a regional correctional facility.
Aaron Lasure of 286 North Wells Street, Sistersville, appeared in the Circuit Court for a ruling on the motion for a new trial. Lasure was indicted with one count possession of a controlled substance and one count transportation of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) from Ohio to West Virginia. Judge Cramer denied the request for a new trial and moved on to sentence Lasure. It was noted that during his pre-trial supervision, Lasure gave the probation officers no trouble. Lasure’s sentence was then suspended and he was ordered to an initial two years on probation and to complete the drug court program.
Billy McIntyre of 201 Dodd Street Lot 4, Middlebourne, is indicted with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one of the counts being marijuana, and the remaining two being methamphetamine. McIntyre plead not guilty to each count. A request for discovery was made by his attorney, and McIntyre will return to court on August 6 at 10 a.m. for a status hearing. He was placed on pre-trial supervision as a condition of his bond.