Request in murder conviction approved

BUCKHANNON – Rodolfo “Chino” Villagomez Correa, 38, formerly of Buckhannon, recently appeared before 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall to request a petition for a habeas corpus filed in 2018 in regard to a 2014 murder conviction regarding the death of Joshua Oberg be withdrawn.

Hall said in court he would dismiss the motion to withdraw the habeas corpus without prejudice meaning Correa could refile in the future should he change his mind.

Correa noted in court he didn’t know what he was asking for in the beginning, and that his best interest is to do his time and just leave it alone.

Correa’s counsel Jerry Blair also requested to be removed as habeas counsel which was granted by Hall by virtue of the court dismissing petition. 

Correa reached a plea agreement in the 2012 murder of Joshua Oberg in which he agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to 10 to 40 years on the second-degree murder count and one to five years on the conspiracy count to be served consecutively. As part of the plea agreement, he is eligible for parole after 10 years.

According to the West Virginia Department of Corrections, his next possible parole hearing date is July 23, 2023 and his projected release date is Jan. 23, 2035.

In 2013, Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for possession of firearms by an alien illegally in the United States which was to be served consecutive to his sentence on the murder count. The court also ordered that Correa abandon to the United States Department of Homeland Security all right, title, interest, and claim to 16 firearms, a counterfeit Resident Alien Card, a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card, and other items seized. Correa was returned back to the custody of the State of West Virginia. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI); the West Virginia State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Forest Service; and the Buckhannon Police Department.

At the time of the murder he was operating the now closed Michoacan Mexican Restaurant in Buckhannon.

Correa’s co-defendants in the case, Robert Siron III and Jessie Lee Heater also received sentences for their roles in the murder.

Oberg’s body was found in a shallow grave in July 2012 in rural Upshur County.


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