The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 5, 2014

Pleas and sentences ordered in Raleigh court

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Two men entered guilty pleas and three men were sentenced for unrelated crimes Wednesday in Raleigh County Circuit Court.

Michael Vincent Stover, 43, of Kanawha County, pleaded guilty to felony escape from the Division of Corrections.

Stover was convicted of burglary in Kanawha County in 2013 and placed in Division of Corrections facility in Raleigh County.

Raleigh County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andy Dimlich said Stover left the facility without permission earlier this year.

West Virginia State Trooper Andre Palmateer apprehended Stover shortly after he left; Stover was walking along the road and did not resist or try to run.

Stover received an additional four months for felony escape, to run consecutively with the one- to 15-year Kanawha County burglary sentence.

Additionally, Stover has been in solitary confinement and lost all good time as a result of this offense.

Marcus Wayne Scott, 23, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering Campestre’s Mexican Restaurant on Harper Road in 2012.

Dimlich said Scott threw a rock through the side window and took the cash register, which ultimately turned out to be empty.

Beckley Police Detective Sgt. Dave Allard investigated the scene and lifted latent fingerprints and found blood spatter; police assume Scott cut himself climbing through the window with broken glass.

Both the fingerprints and the blood were a match with Scott, and when Allard interviewed Scott and read him his rights, he confessed to the crime.

Scott now faces a sentence of one to 10 years. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted and sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Ryan Bayne Durgan, 28, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and a Kennedy plea to grand larceny.

A Kennedy plea means that Durgan maintains his innocence, but believes a plea is in his best interest.

Dimlich said the unlawful assault occurred in March 2014 at Little General on Johnstown Road.

The victim and the cashier working at the time said Durgan and the victim began arguing and then Durgan began hitting the victim.

When police arrived on scene, the victim was being loaded into an ambulance.

The grand larceny occurred in 2013 when Durgan stole a flat screen television, jewelry and other items from a Beckley residence.

A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted and sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Henry Alan Gray, 50, of Hoo Hoo Holler, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony, manufacture of marijuana.

The defense made a motion for probation and the state stood silent.

Because of Gray’s lengthy criminal history, Judge John A. Hutchison imposed a one- to three-year sentence.

Harold Gordon Wright, 71, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited carrier.

Dimlich said Wright was convicted in 1997 in North Carolina for gross sexual imposition involving a minor.

Beckley Police officers pulled over a vehicle where they found Wright and two other individuals, along with a .25 caliber firearm in the glove compartment; Wright admitted it was his.

The state argued for a penitentiary sentence and the defense argued for probation.

Hutchison sentenced Wright to five years, but suspended that sentence while he serves three years probation.

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