Marietta man sentenced for violent home invasion

MARIETTA — A Marietta man was sentenced to prison Thursday for aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

Joseph L. Slider, 29, last known address as 112 Sunset Ave., was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday of the charges stemming from a home invasion on Nov. 27 in New Matamoras.

Slider appeared before Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony and felonious assault is a second-degree felony.

The incident involved Slider, Gabriella Chaffin, 19, of 2603 16th Ave., Parkersburg, John M. Decker, 42, of 1613 15th Ave., Parkersburg, and Jonathan D. Ahart, 40, of 251 Poplar St., Davisville. The four forced their way into the residence of William McFall, 60, of 1218 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras.

Chaffin had told Slider and Decker she needed a key to open a gun safe inside McFall’s home. Slider and Decker reportedly pistol whipped McFall until he gave them the key. Chaffin then removed five guns, which the group stole, along with cash and a cell phone before leaving McFall’s residence.

When the group left the home, Brittany L. McIntyre, 25, of 202 Edgelawn St., Parkersburg, helped them clean up after the crime. The stolen items were then sold to Clark E. Westbrook, 32, address unknown.

As a result of the beating, McFall was hospitalized with a fractured skull.

Slider was originally charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony; and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

“Really, the count one and count four are concurrent because they are the same incident,” said Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Derkin. “The max he could have gotten was 11 years and he got eight.”

Derkin said Slider’s co-defendant, John Decker, will have a jury trial Aug. 19-23 in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Chaffin pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March to two years in prison for her role in the home invasion. Ahart pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March to four years in prison and three years of post-release control for his crimes. McIntyre pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March to 30 days in jail with two years of community control.

Derkin said Westbrook did not appear in court for his trial for a fourth-degree felony count of tampering with evidence, which was scheduled for April. There is a warrant for his arrest.