Circuit court hears pleas, sentencings

PARKERSBURG – Two men indicted by the September 2013 grand jury entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Anthony M. Earl, 20, and Cody Tyler Kenneth Dillon, 20, both in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, each pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking and entering.

Other charges of breaking and entering, petit larceny and conspiracy to commit petit larceny in the indictment were dismissed.

Earl’s sentencing was set for 10 a.m. Dec. 20 and Dillon’s was set for 10 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014, both before Judge Jeffrey Reed.

In other hearings Tuesday:

* Samuel Kenneth St. Clair, 24, 1607 Lynn St., Parkersburg, was granted a continuance for his plea hearing. It was reset for 9:30 a.m. Thursday; if he does not take the plea his trial date has been set for Dec. 10 before Judge J.D. Beane. St. Clair was indicted with two co-defendants on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.

* Paul Allen Adkins, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted a motion to continue his trial and a new date was set for Dec. 10 before Beane. Adkins was indicted by the September 2013 grand jury on a charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

* Robin Rochelle Barker, 41, 822 Grafton St., Parkersburg, was granted a motion to continue her trial and a new date was set for Dec. 10 before Beane. He denied a motion to delay the trial to the January court term. She was indicted by the September 2013 grand jury on a charge of embezzlement.

* Michael Allen Bowers, 38, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea to two charges and was sentenced. He pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny and fraudulent use of an access device as charged by the May 2013 grand jury. Judge Robert Waters sentenced him to concurrent sentences of one year in prison for the grand larceny charge and six years for the fraudulent use of an access device charge.

* Rick L. Brock, 50, 807 Franklin Ave., Belpre, was granted a motion by Waters to continue his trial to Dec. 11. He was indicted on July 18 with a co-defendant on two counts of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

In hearings from Monday:

* Juanita R. Haught, 24, 415B 13th St., Parkersburg, appeared to set a sentencing date after she was rejected for the West Central Drug Court. In August she pleaded guilty to a charge of uttering as charged by the May 2013 grand jury. Sentencing was set for 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014, before Beane.

* Kwante Jaquane Johnson, 19, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a bond hearing where Beane set his bond at $100,000. He was arrested on a charge of first-degree robbery in September.

* Heather Renee Bailey, 25, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a bond hearing and it was set by Beane at $255,000. She was removed from the drug court program after she was charged with escaping or attempting to escape from an alternative sentence. She was on home confinement after her guilty plea to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, but cut off her home confinement bracelet.

* Ryan V. Jeffrey, 32, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, admitted to the allegations in the petition to revoke his home confinement. His sentencing was set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8 before Reed. He was placed on home confinement on Aug. 24, 2012, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of third-offense DUI.

* Robert Clinton Taylor, 64, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a plea hearing but the plea agreement was rejected and a trial was set for Nov. 15 before Reed. He was indicted with co-defendants on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and conspiracy to commit obtaining money by false pretenses.

* Burton James McCroskey, 56, 821 Fairview Ave., Parkersburg, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to three charges of domestic battery, a misdemeanor and lesser included offense to charges of child abuse resulting in injury. Because the presentencing investigation was complete, Reed moved to sentencing. He was sentenced to three consecutive terms of one year in the North Central Regional Jail with credit for one day served on each count, suspended for three years probation.