The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 18, 2013

Eight sentenced in Raleigh court

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Eight people were sentenced Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh County Circuit Court for a host of unrelated crimes.

Derick Hodge, 24, of Beckley, pleaded guilty before Judge John Hutchison Wednesday to attempt to commit a felony. His probation was revoked for a previous charge of attempt to commit a felony.

Hutchison sentenced him to serve two to six years, consecutively, but he was given an alternate sentence and will be sent to the Anthony Center.

Simone Jordan, 41, of Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty before Hutchison to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and felony possession of a firearm.

Jordan was sentenced to one to five years for the possession of marijuana charge and will be given a determinate sentence of up to five years for the firearm charge. These sentences will run concurrently.

Michael Matheny, 24, of Surveyor, pleaded guilty before Hutchison to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Matheny had no criminal record and his one- to five-year sentence was suspended while he serves two years of probation.

John Lee Smith, 49, of Beckley, pleaded guilty before Hutchison to two counts of failure to provide changes as a sex offender. Smith will serve two to 10 years in prison.

The following Raleigh County individuals pleaded guilty before Judge Robert Burnside Thursday.

James Edward Kerr, 22, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty nighttime burglary, which carries a sentence of one to 15 years.  His probation was revoked on a breaking and entering charge, which carries a sentence of one to 10 years.

Burnside sentenced Kerr for both charges and the terms will be served concurrently.

Eric Musick, 22, of Glen Daniel, pleaded guilty to grand larceny, which carries a penalty of one to 10 years. He also pleaded guilty to DUI first offense, which carries a penalty of 24 hours to six months in jail. His probation was revoked on a destruction of property charge, with a six months sentence.

Raleigh County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andy Dimlich said the misdemeanor charges will run concurrent to one another, but consecutive to the felony.

Musick was placed in Division of Corrections custody and will go to the Anthony Center when a bed is available.

Elmore Pannell, 36, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to delivery of cocaine.

His probation was revoked in another delivery of cocaine charge.

Burnside sentenced Pannell to one to 15 years in the penitentiary, which will run concurrently with his previous sentence.  

Turner Williams, 22, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and fleeing on foot from police officer.

Burnside sentenced Williams to five years for wanton endangerment and one year for fleeing, which will be served concurrently. That sentence, however, will be suspended while Williams serves two years probation.

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