Humphrey begins serving 1-5 years for sexual assault


BUCKHANNON — One of three local men charged with sexually assaulting a minor earlier this year appeared before Circuit Court Judge Jake Reger for sentencing Wednesday afternoon.

Minter Wade Humphrey, 58, of Buckhannon, previously entered a guilty plea to one count of third-degree sexual assault in late September. The defendant was originally charged with four felony counts of third-degree sexual assault for multiple incidents that reportedly occurred with a minor victim over a period of time from 2019 to 2020. Two other men—Jamie Lee McCartney and Matthew Charles Bean—were originally arrested, along with Humphrey, after admitting to having sexual relations with the teenage girl.

Steve Nanners represented the defendant, while Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Hinkle represented the state. Upon the start of the hearing, Nanners attempted to obtain alternative sentencing for his client by stating Humphrey had no prior criminal history and had “low intellectual functioning.” Nanners also told the Court the defendant follows guidelines very well and would be a good candidate for alternative sentencing.

Judge Reger proceeded to ask the state for its recommendation, which was presented by Hinkle. While understanding the defendant had no priors, the prosecutor asserted that this type of offense is not taken lightly, and added that the defendant has shown no remorse. Hinkle stated that the defendant blamed the victim multiple times for the incident.

After hearing from both the defendant and the state, Judge Reger handed down a sentence of 1-5 years in a state correctional facility. Upon release from prison, Humphrey must register as a sex offender, pay up to $500 in court costs, and continue to have “intense supervision” for 25 years. Before being taken into the custody of the Upshur County Sherriff’s Department, Judge Reger had a few words for the defendant. “You are not putting yourself in a position to get the help you need. Most importantly you need to stop blaming the victim. The minor did not assault you, the court places blame on you,” said Reger.

Humphrey was taken into custody from the courtroom and transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Currently, the other two men are not in custody and are awaiting individual sentencing hearings set to occur in December.McCartney will be sentenced on December 1 at 1:30 p.m. in front of Judge Reger. Bean is scheduled for sentencing on December 7 at 10:30 a.m. in front of Judge Kurt Hall.

The Record Delta will continue to follow the outcome of these hearings.

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