Judge revokes bond in burglary case

Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong revoked the bond of a former Elkins resident who pleaded guilty to burglary charges Friday in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Wilfong said she believed Jeremy Lee Summerfield, 20, formerly of Elkins but currently residing in Virginia, “was not being entirely truthful” with her when he pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted breaking and entering and one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Summerfield broke into an apartment in the Beverly Manor, removed a 46-inch television and later dumped it in File’s Creek in January 2013, he told Wilfong during his plea.

However, after he recounted the incident, Assistant Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shryock pointed out alleged “inconsistencies” between the account Summerfield gave in court and what he’d previously told authorities in a Jan. 20 statement. On Friday, Summerfield told Wilfong he entered the Beverly Manor apartment alone; however, he had previously stated that his girlfriend, Ashley Nikole Harrelson, 20, also of Elkins, entered the apartment with him.

Summerfield also failed to note he’d taken the victim’s wallet, which was later located at his parents’ trailer, Shryock said.

“Mr. Summerfield, this doesn’t sound so good,” Wilfong said.

“Do you want to take a minute and back up and tell me what happened? Because the more you talk, the less I believe you.”

Summerfield said he only remembered parts of the night because he was under the influence of controlled substances.

“If you don’t remember anything but bits and pieces, it certainly seems like you remember convenient bits and pieces,” Wilfong said. “I’m not convinced you’re being entirely truthful with me, so pending sentencing your bond is revoked and you’re remanded to the custody of the sheriff.”

Summerfield will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Oct. 31.

In June, Harrelson was indicted on one count of burglary, a felony; one count of conspiracy, a felony; and one count of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Also in Circuit Court Friday:

  • Roy Horton, 61, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-offense DUI and one misdemeanor count of second-offense driving revoked for DUI.

Horton waived his right to a presentence investigation and as a result, Wilfong sentenced him to one to three years in the state penitentiary on the third-offense DUI charge and 12 months in the regional jail on the driving revoke for DUI charge; these sentences will run concurrently.

  • Ralph Richard Morgan Jr., 38, an inmate at Huttonsville Correctional Center, pleaded guilty by information to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit possession of contraband by an inmate. Morgan waived his right to a presentence investigation, and Wilfong sentenced him to one year in prison, which will run concurrently to the sentence he’s currently serving. Morgan is due to discharge in 2018, his attorney, Christopher Cooper, said.
  • Alston W. Jackson, 49, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one felony count of bribery in official and political matters and one felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

In exchange, the remaining counts pending against Jackson will be dropped and the prosecution has agreed to stand silent at Jackson’s sentencing, which is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

  • Rebecca Sue Barton, 42, of Huttonsville, pleaded guilty to one felony count of transportation of dangerous substances onto the grounds of a correctional facility and one felony count of possession of controlled substances by an inmate of a jail. In exchange, the remaining charges against Barton will be dropped.

Sentencing is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

  • Olen Lee Vandevender Jr., 41, of Belington, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation on one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes.
  • Mark Shiflett, 44, of Elkins, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony; one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a misdemeanor; and one count of knowingly keeping or maintaining a dwelling, building or other structure or place for the purpose of using or selling controlled substances, a misdemeanor.

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