Braxton Citizens' News, Government

Four make appearances in Braxton Circuit Court

Several Braxton County Circuit Court sentencing hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Michael W. Asbury, Jr. with Braxton County Prosecutor Dwayne Vandevender representing the state during the proceedings.

On October 13, Bobby Joe Duffield came to court with his attorney Timothy Gentilozzi for a plea and sentencing hearing. The defendant entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of petit larceny and the state agreed to dismiss the remaining charges in the indictment. The state also agreed to recommend Duffield’s sentence be suspended and for him to be placed on probation. Judge Asbury accepted the plea agreement and sentenced the defendant to one year in prison. It was also ordered Duffield be given credit for time served of 227 days.

Cameron Wade Crites and his attorney David Karickhoff appeared before Judge Asbury for a sentencing hearing. The court noted the defendant had successfully completed the Anthony Center and placed him on probation for five years.

On October 10, Dustan Brian Richardson appeared in court with his attorney David Karickhoff. The defense requested an alternative sentence. The court noted Richardson had a lengthy and extensive criminal history and probation would depreciate the seriousness of the offense. On the felony charge of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, the defendant was sentenced to one to five years in prison. He was granted credit for time served of 154 days. Lukas Michael Sartin and attorney Eric Wildman came before Judge Asbury for his sentencing hearing. The defendant is currently serving probation in Nicholas County and has a significant criminal history. Sartin was sentenced to one to five years on the felony count of failure to register as a sex offender. However, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on seven years of probation.