The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 13, 2013

Guilty pleas entered in Raleigh Court

BECKLEY — Three individuals entered guilty pleas in Raleigh County Circuit Court Thursday before Judge Robert A. Burnside.

Michael Ray England Jr., 32, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony, to-wit forgery.

A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted and sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman said England altered a check to the American Legion for $300.

Nara Charmaine Ray, 36, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to felony possession of a schedule II narcotic controlled substance, oxycodone, with intent to deliver.

Defense counsel Benjamin Hatfield moved for the court to place Ray on probation; Truman did not oppose.

Ray was sentenced to serve one to 15 years at the West Virginia Division of Corrections, which is suspended while she serves three years’ probation.

Judge Burnside ordered that the drugs seized be destroyed.

Jonathan Maurice Moore, 33, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to battery on a government representative, a police officer.

Truman explained that this was Moore’s second offense of battery on an officer, making it a felony.

Burnside sentenced Moore to serve one to three years, but that sentence is suspended while he serves two years of probation in Virginia, where Truman said he usually lives.

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