Smith guilty on one charge in body concealment case

PARKERSBURG – One of three people indicted in connection with a 2012 death and the hiding of the body was convicted of one charge in the case Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Crystal Dawn Smith, 38, in custody, was convicted of one charge and acquitted of another after a two-day trial.

Smith was acquitted on a charge of concealment of a deceased human body, but was convicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit concealment of a human body. Judge Robert Waters set sentencing for 9 a.m. Oct. 30.

Smith, along with Victor Lee Thompson, 35, and Arthur Allen Thornton, 43, was indicted on charges of concealing a deceased human body and conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body in relation to the Sept. 20, 2012, death of Brandy Marie Adams, 25. Her body was found in the trunk of a vehicle at a car wash at 1957 Seventh St. in Parkersburg, police said.

Charges against Thompson were dismissed.

Thornton, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit concealment of a deceased human body and two unrelated charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle and fraudulent use of an access device. He was sentenced on June 25 to one to five years for unlawful taking of a vehicle to be served consecutively to a sentence he is now serving.

He was also sentenced to six months for the conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body charge and received 10 years for the fraudulent use of an access device. The sentences will run concurrently to the consecutive sentences.

In another hearing Wednesday:

* Corey A. Chambers, 33, 1414 23rd St., Parkersburg, entered a plea to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, as charged by the May 2013 grand jury. Judge Robert Waters set sentencing for 9 a.m. Oct. 31.