Circuit court hears five cases

PARKERSBURG – Pleas, a sentencing and an arraignment were heard Thursday in Wood County Circuit Court.

* Tyler Ashbey Deems, 21, 2432 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg, was sentenced after his March plea of guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon, petit larceny and transferring stolen property and a felony charge of unlawful entry as charged by the September 2012 grand jury. Two charges of burglary were dismissed.

Judge J.D. Beane sentenced him to sixty60 days for each misdemeanor charge to be served consecutively for a total of six months in the regional jail. His sentencing to the Anthony Center for the unlawful entry charge was delayed. He is to serve sentences for the misdemeanor charges first.

* David D. Jeffrey, 48. in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea agreement and was sentenced in the same hearing. He pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree robbery as charged by the May 2012 grand jury.

Judge Robert Waters sentenced Jeffrey to 15 years in prison. He will be recommended for protective custody at the Northern Corrections Center and will undergo intense drug abuse treatment.

* Aaron Keith Farnsworth, 34, 500 34th St., Vienna, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance greater the 15 grams, a lesser included offense to the charge of delivery of a controlled substance as charged by the May 2012 grand jury.

* Stephen Douglas Kent, 42, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arraigned on an indictment from the September grand jury. He entered an innocent plea to the seven counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Trial was tentatively set for Aug. 13 before Beane.

* Ronda K. Williams, 40, 440 Jefferson Drive, Mineral Wells, was to appear for sentencing, but the court was informed she has been hospitalized. A motion to continue was granted and the new date set was for 9:30 a.m. June 17 before Beane. She was pleaded guilty to a welfare fraud charge from the January grand jury