Man sentenced for explosive incident

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — A man who injured himself with a homemade explosive was sentenced Monday to two to 10 years in prison.

Noah Ryan Hitchcock, 34, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, had earlier entered a plea of guilty to a charge of wanton endangerment involving destructive devices or explosive material. Charges of illegal possession of explosive material and illegal possession of a destructive device were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, Hitchcock was arrested in August 2018, a little over a week after he attempted to set off a device he said was intended to be a firecracker in the 500 block of 17th Street. The device initially failed to ignite, then exploded as he attempted to relight it, causing powder burns to Hitchcock’s hands, fingers and face and an injury to one of his ears. He was taken to a burn center in Huntington for treatment, police said.

A mail carrier was struck in the leg by shrapnel but did not require medical attention, the criminal complaint said.

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters pronounced the sentence Monday, adding a recommendation for substance abuse treatment and giving Hitchcock credit for 254 days already served.

Also in Circuit Court Monday:

∫ Waters sentenced Amanda Rae Wilson, 32, in custody at the regional jail, to two years in prison on a count of fraudulent use of an access device and one to 10 years on a count of fraudulent schemes, to be served concurrently, with credit for 337 days served. Wilson was also sentenced to one to 15 years, to be served consecutively to the other sentences, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. She was ordered to pay a combined $1,600 in restitution to victims.

∫ Judge Jason Wharton sentenced Brandy Barker, 35, in custody at the regional jail, to three years in prison, with credit for 341 days served, on a charge of fraudulent use of an access device and one to five years on a charge of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance. Barker was also ordered to pay $2,165 in restitution.

The defense made a motion for the sentences to be concurrent, but Wharton granted a state motion that they be served consecutively.