The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

April 10, 2014

Two sentenced in Raleigh County Circuit Court

BECKLEY — Two men were sentenced Wednesday by Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Burnside.

Fredrick Michael Hamrick, 45, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempt to commit a felony.

The first incident was an attempted burglary Nov. 23, 2010 on Berkley Street in Beckley.

Beckley Police Department responded to the scene where they caught Hamrick attempting to break in. At first, he told police he was trying to find the property owner, but he later confessed he was trying to find money to fund his prescription pill addiction.

The second incident was transferring stolen property Sept. 23, 2012.

Over $40,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Maxwell Hill residence and when police tracked the sales at a local Cash For Gold store, they found Hamrick had sold some of the stolen goods.

Burnside sentenced Hamrick to one to three years for each plea, to be served consecutively, for a total of two to six years.

Hamrick was granted credit for time served.

Robert Anthony Fink, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a felony, breaking and entering.

Fink admitted he broke into a Sophia laundromat July 31, 2013 along with co-defendant Derek Jacob Hughes. The two stole coins, cigarettes, a handgun and a laptop.

Public defender Marcia Hebb made a motion for probation, as the defendant has a light criminal history and committed the crimes at such a young age.

Hebb said Fink only completed an eighth grade education and has expressed interest in obtaining his GED.

“He has a lot of goals,” Hebb said. “Sending him to prison is not in the best interest of justice.”

Burnside sentenced Fink to serve one to five years, but suspended that sentence while he serves 18 months of probation.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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