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Robbery suspect appears in circuit court

PARKERSBURG — One suspect in a July armed home robbery pleaded guilty Tuesday, while a second had his case continued.

Andrew Dillon Balderson, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, use or presentation of a firearm during commission of a felony, malicious assault and assault during the commission of a felony were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 before Judge Jason Wharton.

Balderson and co-defendant, Isaac Andrew Conner, 25, are accused of stealing a woman’s purse when they entered a home and held residents at gunpoint in July. Police said the robbery was not random.

Also on Tuesday, Conner’s trial was continued to Feb. 6 because he had a new attorney.

The following cases were also heard in circuit court Tuesday:

* Judge Robert Waters revoked bond and ordered a capias warrant issued for Blaine Maxon Mackey III, 35, of 3516 Winding Road, Waverly, after he did not appear for a hearing on bond revocation.

Mackey had been out on a $30,000 surety bond after being charged with six counts of fraudulent use of an access device. Prosecutors made a motion to have the bond revoked after Mackey allegedly made terroristic threats online.

A printout of a long, rambling Facebook post from Mackey’s account was included in court filings. It referenced family communication and cooperation, him having a “mental condition” and the end times and said he had thought about committing violent actions that would be worse than the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, although he went on to say, “I’ve managed to fix myself.” Also included in the file were numerous posted photos of guns and Mackey holding them.

* A motion for a mental examination for Paul Edward Bostic, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted. Bostic is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault, five counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct.

* A guilty plea by Portia Dye, 25, in custody at the regional jail, to charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver was accepted. Additional charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

The defense made a motion to proceed to sentencing, and Wharton sentenced Dye to one to 15 years in prison on both counts, to be served concurrently, with credit for 303 days served.

* Matthew George Blankenship, 36, in custody at the regional jail, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a lesser included offense in the original charge of second-offense possession with intent. Two additional counts each of possession with intent and conspiracy were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing was set for 9 a.m. Jan. 22 before Wharton.

* Sara Lee Hall, 32, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Three additional counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Hall’s sentence was deferred to allow her to participate in the Mid-Ohio Valley Drug Court. If she successfully completes it, she will receive probation instead of the possible one- to 15-year sentence the charge carries, according to court records.

* Wharton revoked bond for Joseph Anthony Lewis, 31, of Paden City and he was remanded to custody at the North Central Regional Jail. He had been out on a $50,000 bond after being charged in August with unlawful assault.

* Keith D. Frazier, 41, in custody at the regional jail, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver, with three other counts of the same charge dismissed as part of a plea agreement. His sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22.

* Waters granted a motion removing home confinement as a special condition of the bond for Isaac K. Mausali, 21, in custody at the regional jail, but denied a motion to lower his bond from $150,000 to $50,000. Mausali is charged with nine counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance.

* Waters reduced the bond for Quinn M. Tennant, 26, in custody at the regional jail, from $50,000 to $25,000. Tennant, charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, had requested a $10,000 surety bond with the remainder on personal recognizance. Waters denied the motion for personal recognizance.

* Waters denied a motion to reduce the bond of William Joseph Stout, in custody at the regional jail, from $300,000 to $50,000 and allow him to enter a residential recovery program. Stout is charged with one count each of first- and second-degree robbery.

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