Numerous court orders were recently completed by the Honorable Richard A. Facemire in the Braxton County Circuit Court. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne Vandevender during the proceedings.
On May 11, Brian Keith Louk appeared in court for a sentencing order with his attorney Timothy Gentilozzi. The defense requested an alternative sentence and the state recommended home confinement. Judge Facemire noted the defendant’s numerous convictions in several states, testing positive for meth, severe substance abuse problem, and failing to benefit from previous probation. The court sentenced Louk to one to three years on the felony charge of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence-3rd or subsequent offense.
Heather Kristen Hall and her attorney, Timothy Gentilozzi, came before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing. The defendant pled guilty to the felony charge of aiding escape and other offenses relating to adults in custody or confinement. The state agreed to stand silent during sentencing. The remaining charges in the indictment were dismissed by the court.
Laddie Dean Nichols and attorney Eric Wildman appeared in court for a plea hearing. In the plea agreement, the defendant pled guilty to failure to register or provide notice of registration changes. The state agreed to remain silent at the sentencing hearing and to dismiss remaining charges.
Heather Dawn Bender appeared before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing with her attorney David Karickhoff. On the felony count of delivery of methamphetamine, the defendant entered a guilty plea. The state agreed to stand silent at the sentencing hearing. The other charges in the indictment were also dismissed.
Cody Montana Lough and attorney David Karickhoff came before the judge for a plea hearing. Lough entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of damage to property used for transmitting or distributing telecommunications or cable services. As their part of the plea agreement, the state agreed to stay silent at sentencing and dismiss the remaining charges in the indictment.
Lisa Marie Barker appeared in court with David Karickhoff for her plea hearing. On the felony charge of grand larceny, Barker entered a guilty plea. The state agreed to recommend sentencing to the penitentiary and dismiss the remaining charges.
Gordon Dale Davis, III and his attorney, David Karickhoff appeared before Judge Facemire for his sentencing hearing. The defendant entered a guilty plea to the felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference. The state agreed to stand silent at sentencing and dismiss the remaining counts in the indictment.
Once the plea agreements were accepted by the court, sentencing hearings were scheduled for July 13.
On April 10, Jessica Ann Taylor and attorney Timothy Rosinski appeared in court for a sentencing hearing. The state was represented by Braxton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dara A. Acord. The defense requested an alternative sentence as she is currently enrolled in Family Treatment Court in Nicholas with the state remaining silent per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire denied the request noting her limited work history and severe drug addiction. On the felony charge of attempt of aiding escape and other offenses relation to adults in custody or confinement, Taylor was sentenced to one to three years in prison.
Matthew Ben Hamrick appeared before Judge Facemire with his attorney Jonathan Fittro for sentencing. The defense moved for probation to allow the defendant to move out of state. The court granted the motion and suspended the one to fifteen years sentence for burglary. He is to serve supervised probation for a period of six years.
On April 4, Anthony Paletti and his attorney Jonathan Fittro came to court for a motion to reconsider sentencing. Also present was Jacob Foster from the Braxton County Probation Office. The previous sentence of one to fifteen years had been suspended to allow the defendant to continue treatment for his drug issues. The court was advised that he had completed the program. The previous sentence for possession of meth with intent to deliver was imposed and he is to await transfer to the Division of Corrections.