Elkins man sentenced for grand larceny

ELKINS – A Randolph County man whose trial had been scheduled for this week was sentenced on two counts of grand larceny in Circuit Court on Friday.

Clinton Dale McCauley, 22, of Elkins, whose case was set to go to trial Thursday, was sentenced Friday after attorneys reached a plea agreement in the eleventh hour.

McCauley pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and is facing 1-10 years in a state penitentiary. Each count is to run consecutively, meaning McCauley is facing no less than two and no more than 20 years in a state penitentiary.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said McCauley would also be responsible for restitution for items stolen.

Attorney Chris Cooper, who represented McCauley, said that due to a separate indictment involving McCauley, Steven Allen Pritt, 27, and Brandon Keith Shreve, 24, it was agreed that joint restitution would be paid along with the other co-defendants, Pritt and Shreve.

McCauley had been indicted on 27 felony counts including grand larceny, conspiracy and third-degree arson, and two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

Jury selection for the trial was canceled after word of the plea deal spread and it was decided that the matter would be settled without a trial.

Judge Roger Perry of Logan County oversaw the hearing and laid out the sentence on Friday. Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Wilfong recused herself from the case in November 2012, citing a conflict of interest, and Perry was brought in to act as the special judge on the case.

“The defendant (McCauley) is accused of breaking into my parents’ place of business,” Wilfong said last fall regarding the McCauley case. “It is proper for me to recuse myself.”

Wilfong also recused herself from Pritt’s and Shreve’s cases at that time as well.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.