BUCKHANNON — A local man was sentenced to prison Wednesday afternoon in Upshur County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to counterfeiting. Michael Anthony Crytser, age 34, admitted to possessing two fake $50 bills that he attempted to pass at Dean’s Mart on October 19, 2019 while under the influence of methamphetamine.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle said the State of West Virginia dismissed one felony and three misdemeanor charges in exchange for his guilty plea to counterfeiting. Hinkle noted that Crytser did plead guilty to the most serious offense of his June indictment, as counterfeiting carries the longest penalty of 2-10 years in the penitentiary.
Crytser told the court he just made parole in April, as he was serving time for a prior conviction. He has reportedly remained incarcerated on the current charges since his transfer from Pruntytown Correctional Center back to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
The defendant’s attorney Jordan West asked the court to waive the presentence investigation and proceed to sentencing after Crytser entered his guilty plea Wednesday, which Judge Hall approved.
Crytser said he’s “done with a life of crime” and told the judge he has completed a variety of classes to better himself during his time in prison. The defendant requested alternative sentencing, but Judge Hall denied the motion and explained, “I can’t work in reverse. The more offenses you commit, you’re not going to get less time.”
Crytser was sentenced to not less than two, nor more than 10 years in prison, and given credit for time served since last October.