The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 27, 2006

Convicted felons to serve time

By Audrey Stanton

A judge sent two Beckley area men to the penitentiary Monday in a series of Raleigh County Circuit Court sentencing hearings.

Judge John A. Hutchison sentenced David Calacino to one to 10 years on a breaking and entering conviction and one to 10 years on a grand larceny conviction, to be served concurrently, according to assistant prosecutor Dennis V. Garrison.

Calacino, 25, of Crab Orchard, was indicted in January on charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny, and transferring stolen property. In February, he pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Also sentenced in an unrelated case was Clennel Cobb, 34, who pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine. He was ordered to serve one to 15 years in the penitentiary, Garrison said.

Terry Lee Sanders, 31, of MacArthur will spend the next three years’ on probation for his guilty pleas in April to two counts of grand larceny, relating to the April larceny of a vehicle containing more than $1,000 worth of tools and a 2005 larceny of a Honda Pilot valued at $30,000.

Hutchison ordered two underlying one-to-10 year penitentiary sentences run consecutively and stipulated Sanders must complete a long-term, inpatient drug treatment program as a condition of his probation, Garrison said.

Eric Brandon Hopkins, 29, of Sophia, will be sentenced at a later date.

Hopkins pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to petit larceny, felony possession of a firearm, fleeing, entering without breaking and grand larceny, according to the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

The petit larceny charge involves the theft of a purse, the firearm charge stems from a pawn ticket for a .38 pistol Hopkins admitted he had pawned after being convicted of a felony, and additional charges relate to an event in which Hopkins entered a truck, stole it, and then fled police.

Hopkins was indicted in May for nighttime burglary, forgery, uttering, felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing, improper registration, no operator's, no insurance, entering without breaking, and two counts of grand larceny.

Some of those charges were dismissed as part of Tuesday’s plea agreement.

Hopkins remains on bond with home confinement.

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