The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 14, 2013

Sentencings, pleas entered in court

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Three Raleigh County residents entered guilty pleas Thursday before Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Burnside.

Vicki Teel, 23, of Coal City, pleaded guilty to shoplifting at Walmart and attempt to commit a felony.

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman said she was the third of three women who were hired to clean a man’s house and stole his checkbook.

“They went to the bank, but the bank caught on and didn’t cash the check. They tried to cash a $250 check.”

Teel will be sentenced Aug. 19 by Burnside.

Melody Ann Stewart, 25, of Crab Orchard, also entered a guilty plea in court Thursday.

She pleaded to conspiracy to commit a felony and acquisition by fraud.

Truman explained that she worked at a pharmacy and her friends talked her into telling them where the drugs were stored.

After the pharmacy closed one night, the men heaved a brick through the window, entered the store and stole a number of oxycodone pills.

“She had no prior record and during the time since the crime, she has completed an in-patient substance abuse program, so she’s actually a success story,” Truman said.

Burnside sentenced Stewart to serve three years’ probation.

Ryan Henry Guerrant, 22, of Beckley, was the final defendant before Burnside.

Truman said Guerrant was on parole for attempted first degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first degree robbery and escape.

While he was out on parole, he went to the Hager Street apartments and parked outside with a shotgun across his lap.

Beckley Police Cpl. Jamie Blume drove up and found him with the shotgun.

Burnside sentenced Guerrant to five years, to be served consecutively with his prior charges.

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