A Mabscott man who broke into an 86-year-old woman’s house in June was sentenced Thursday in Raleigh County Circuit Court to serve 20 years for his crimes.
Christian Brandon Hines, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery and was sentenced by Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick to serve two flat 20-year terms concurrently.
By pleading guilty, Hines admitted a violation of probation for former larceny and forgery charges, which left him with two consecutive one- to 10-year sentences for two counts of forgery, and one concurrent one-to 10-year sentence for grand larceny.
The underlying sentences will run consecutively to his flat 20-year term for robbery.
He will also serve one to 10 years for a breaking and entering charge in Kanawha County, to run concurrently.
Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller reviewed the evidence that Hines and his co-conspirator Kevin Saunders, 25, also of Mabscott, broke into the residence of Helen Jackson, 86, and demanded money and pain medication from her.
They threatened Jackson with a stun gun, took her purse, landline phones, jewelry, and removed a wedding band from her finger that she had been wearing for 60 years.
After they left the house, Jackson ran out and Saunders grabbed her, dragged her back inside, and tied her up with a belt and a sports bandage.
The two stole Jackson’s car and drove to a Mabscott residence, but police quickly located the stolen vehicle and much of the stolen property.
Keller also noted Hines had committed an act of robbery previously against another woman in her 80s.
Jackson and several of her family members attended the court proceedings Thursday, but did not offer any comments.
Hines offered an apology to the victims: “I hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. I am truly, truly sorry to all the victims in the last couple years.”
He said he had plans of bettering himself and he hoped the time he serves will make it up to the victims in some way.
Keller said, “Saying ‘I’m sorry’ just is not enough. These were horrific crimes and it’s a wonder a victim wasn’t killed.”
Kirkpatrick reserved the right to order Hines to pay restitution if the victims find that any of their property was not recovered.
After a request from the defense, Kirkpatrick agreed to give Hines credit for the time he has served thus far.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local News
Empty Bowls Project to help fill food pantries
The women of Quota International of Beckley have been working ardently since the fall to raise awareness of the world’s hunger issue, and their efforts will soon pay off at the inaugural “Empty Bowls Project” Soup Dinner slated for March 22.
‘Two angels never forgotten’
On Sunday night, the Deliverance Temple church was the center of the universe in terms of prayers for a family and a community that are still in mourning over the loss of two young souls — Madison, 4, and her 19-month-old sister, Daralynn — who died Wednesday in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 52 in front of the church.
Boy Scouts serve up wild game fundraiser
The sight and smell of fresh venison steaks sizzling on the grill greeted the crowd outside the Dry Hill-Prosperity Community Center Sunday as part of Boy Scout Troop 103’s annual Wild Game Dinner.
Legislators agree to raises
Minimum wage workers, teachers and service personnel and State Police Forensic Lab staff will all get raises as a result of the 2014 legislative session.
Future fund is limited to three percent
It’s a different Future Fund than the one initially proposed by Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, but the idea of a savings account that will bank a percentage of tax monies for infrastructure improvement, economic development projects and educational enhancement passed both legislative bodies Saturday night.
Greenbrier County a major player in W.Va tourism
It should come as no surprise that a county as scenic and sprawling as Greenbrier — second largest by area in the state — is a major player in West Virginia’s tourism.
Measure will look at future housing needs
The plan that will shape the future of the City of Beckley, the 2014 Comprehensive Plan, is now ready for public review.
Lawmakers approve chemical response bill
Three days into the legislative session, Freedom Industries spilled chemicals into the water supply for 300,000 people. A water-use ban lasted up to 10 days, and the issue consumed lawmakers for the next two months.
- Several measures failed to clear session
- 'Rhymes with Orange' tapped to replace 'For Better or for Worse' on comic page
- More Local News Headlines
- Empty Bowls Project to help fill food pantries