The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 13, 2014

Guilty pleas include robbery case

Six individuals pleaded guilty Friday in Raleigh County Circuit Court to unrelated crimes.

David Adkins, 33, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to using a knife to rob Mignon II, located on Ritter Drive in Daniels.

Raleigh County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andy Dimlich said Adkins fled the scene in a truck and was pulled over shortly thereafter on Airport Road in Beaver. He was found with a knife; the bag filled with money that was handed over by the clerk and the ski mask he was wearing were located in the general vicinity.

Judge John A. Hutchison sentenced Adkins to 12 years in the penitentiary.

Treva Bibro, 52, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to delivery of cocaine, a schedule II narcotic controlled substance, which carries a potential sentence of one to 15 years in the penitentiary.

A pre-sentence report was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Daniel Lee McKinney, 20, of Glen Morgan, pleaded guilty to delivery of oxycodone.

Because McKinney had no prior felonies on his record, his one-to-15-year sentence was suspended while he serves a period of probation.

Rena Kirk, 48, pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement.

Dimlich said Kirk and her co-defendant, Barbara Thornquest, were working at Go-Mart when they devised a scheme to write checks to themselves, then cover the shortage with fraudulent money orders.

Kirk had no prior criminal record and she and Thornquest received the same sentence; the one-to-10-year sentence was suspended while they serve 18 months’ probation.

Jawaun Watts, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of daytime burglary.

Hutchison ordered his one-to-10-year sentences to run consecutively, or back to back, for a total of two to 20 years; however, because Watts is a youthful offender, Hutchison suspended the sentence while he serves six months to two years at the Anthony Center.

Jason Ray Whittaker, 35, of Odd, pleaded guilty to failure to provide accurate information as a sex offender.

Dimlich said Whittaker was convicted of a sex crime in 2001 in McHenry County, Ill., which requires him to register for life.

At some point, Whittaker moved to West Virginia and registered through the State Police as required, but when Trooper Rob Daniel conducted an investigation, he found Whittaker was driving a vehicle for which he had failed to provide proper information.

The one-to-five-year sentence was suspended; however, under West Virginia Code 62-12-9, the court imposed an alternative sentence of four months.

Dimlich said upon completion of the four-month sentence, Whittaker will be placed on supervised probation.

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