Circuit court sends several to jail


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Circuit Court handed down several sentences Monday. 

William Workman, 32, of Buckhannon, previously pled guilty to domestic battery third offense and domestic assault. Workman’s attorney, Dennis Willett, asked for home confinement and community corrections, noting that Workman had accepted responsibility for what he did. Workman also has an employment opportunity.

Prosecuting attorney Dave Godwin said Workman needs help with alcohol, drug and anger issues. 

“I do recommend concurrent sentencing, but I don’t recommend alternative sentencing,” he said. 

Judge Jacob Reger noted Workman’s criminal history and failure to pay fines and court costs from previous convictions. 

He sentenced Workman to an indeterminate sentence of one to five years for domestic battery third offense, with credit for time served, and six months to run concurrently for his conviction of domestic battery. Workman was ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees.

Barbara Perkins, 35, of Clarksburg, reached a plea agreement Monday and waived her pre-sentence investigation to be sentenced immediately. 

Perkins was already serving a sentence from Taylor County and asked that her sentence run concurrently with that one. 

She pleaded guilty to fraudulent schemes, a felony, for allegedly taking a vehicle from Jenkins Ford.

Godwin noted Perkin’s co-defendant had already been sentenced in the case and ordered to pay $1,000 restitution. It was agreed Perkins will pay $500 of that. 

“The vehicle that was obtained by them was eventually returned without significant damage,” he said. “They got the car back, but there was mileage.”

Reger sentenced Perkins to one to 10 years in prison with the effective date of sentence Monday and ordered her to pay $500 restitution to Jenkins Ford within one year, as well a court costs and attorney fees. 

As part of the plea agreement, the remaining counts of the indictment were dismissed. 

Corey Shane Bailey, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

At his sentencing hearing Monday, attorney Trena Williams said Bailey had recently been released from incarceration on a misdemeanor and had began making plans earn his GED.

Williams asked for home confinement.

But Godwin said the pre-sentence report noted a fraudulent use of an access device charge.

Reger denied the motion for alternative sentencing and sentenced Bailey to one to five years in the state penitentiary. 

“You can’t be out on probation on another charge and have this charge pending,” he said. “I’m not going to reward you for getting your probation revoked.”

Robert Statton, age unknown, previously pled guilty through information to conspiracy to delivery of a controlled substance, a felony.

Attorney Tom Dyer noted Statton had no drug or alcohol problems, had been gainfully employed since last summer and had gotten his life straightened out. 

Dyer asked for alternative sentencing. 

Statton told the court he saw an opportunity and made a mistake. 

“I saw easy money and I took advantage of that,” he said. “I do see it as a mistake in my life. It affected so many people.” 

Godwin noted Statton does not have an extensive criminal history but the charge he pleaded to involved importing high quality methamphetamine. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department paid $4,000 during the course of the investigation and was out that money. 

The prosecutor also said he found it easier to understand a person distributing meth because they were addicted than one doing it for profit. 

“Due to the serious nature of this offense, I’m going to deny your request for probation,” Reger told Statton. 

Reger sentenced Statton to one to five years in the state penitentiary but gave him credit for 92 days served. 

David Posey, 41, of Buckhannon, previously pled guilty to driving while license revoked for DUI, third or subsequent offense, a felony, and Reger sentenced him to one to three years in the state penitentiary. 

Judge Kurt Hall sentenced Austin William Moore, age unknown, to one to 10 years in the state penitentiary with credit for 32 days served for breaking and entering, a felony.

Reger sentenced Chad Christopher Newcome, age unknown, to six months and one day in jail for driving while license revoked for DUI second offense, a misdemeanor.

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