Parkersburg man sentenced on drug charges

PARKERSBURG – One of two men arrested in an October 2012 drug raid was sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday.

Keith Mitchell Saunders, 44, 906 Lynn St., Parkersburg, entered a plea agreement in April to plead guilty to three charges of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, as charged by the January 2013 grand jury. Saunders was arrested in October after his residence was raided by Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

Saunders was sentenced by Judge Robert Waters to one to five years with credit for one day served for the first count and one to five years on the second and third counts. Counts two and three are to be served concurrently but consecutively to count one.

A motion for probation or alternative sentencing was denied and he was remanded to custody. Three additional counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

In another hearing Thursday:

* Kyle Juan Smith, 19, 1298 Atchen St., Columbus, was sentenced to six months to two years at the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders after his plea to a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was indicted by the May 2013 grand jury.

In late hearings from Wednesday:

* Casey Douglas Saunders, 22, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was set for a new trial date after a mistrial was declared. A status hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. July 22.

Saunders was indicted during a special session of the grand jury on March 7 on two counts of burglary and one count each of unlawful entry, grand larceny and destruction of property.

* Crystal Dawn Smith, 38, 1614 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was set for a new trial date. Smith is one of three indicted on a charge of conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body in relation to the Sept. 20, 2012, death of 25-year-old Brandy Marie Adams. Her body was discovered in the trunk of her car that was left at a car wash in Parkersburg. Waters set the new trial for Aug. 22.