White sentenced in manslaughter case

PARKERSBURG – A man charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of his stepson was sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court Friday.

Randall Lee White, 58, 3335 Butcher Bend Road, Mineral Wells, was sentenced by Judge J.D. Beane to time served after his Alford plea to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. White was indicted on the charge by the September 2011 grand jury.

In February, White entered a plea agreement to plead guilty by way of an Alford plea in connection with the June 17, 2011, death of Scott Andrew Daggett, his stepson.

An Alford plea is where the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence. Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to court records, White and Daggett became involved in an argument June 17 at White’s residence. When Daggett approached White, he went to a place in the room where he kept a semi-automatic handgun.

Police said White pulled the gun out of a hiding place, chambered a round and fired one time at Daggett. Later, Daggett was pronounced dead at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

In another hearing:

Charles Ray Mackey, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a hearing to revoke home confinement and admitted to the allegations in the petition. He was placed on home confinement on June 3, 2011, when he was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison after his guilty plea to a charge of breaking and entering. His sentencing was set for 11:15 a.m. July 8 before Judge J.D. Beane.