The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 28, 2013

Three facing charges for failing to appear

By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief

— Three Wyoming County residents are facing criminal charges after failing to appear in magistrate court, according to Prosecutor Micheal Cochrane.

Tonya Correll, Michael Accord and Keisha Lafferty were each charged with violating West Virginia Code 62-1C-17b.

Correll failed to appear on a felony charge and has been charged with an additional felony.

Both Accord and Lafferty face an additional misdemeanor charge which has a potential penalty of a year in jail.

“It is important that people who disregard the criminal justice know that skipping court will not be tolerated,” Cochrane said. “It is disrespectful and wrong. Those who believe the law is something that can be broken without consequence need to think about it again. It’s simple. If you have court, you need to appear. The law and the court system are not something to ignore.

“Witnesses who have been served with a material witness warrant also are subject to this code provision,” Cochrane emphasized.