Magistrate denies bond change
ELKINS – A Beverly man charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl appeared in Randolph County Magistrate Court Monday.
Jared Iseli, 20, through his defense attorney, James Hawkins, asked for a continuance of his preliminary hearing before Magistrate George M. Riggleman. Iseli was arrested Dec. 5.
Hawkins said the defense needed more time to collect information and resources that the state has available to them. Riggleman granted the continuance, and a new court date will be set.
Hawkins also asked to modify Iseli’s bond from $150,000 cash only to a personal recognizance or surety bond.
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker objected to the bond modification on grounds of the seriousness of the charges. Parker said, if convicted, Iseli could be facing anywhere between 50 to 200 years in a penitentiary, and was therefore a potential flight risk.
Hawkins told the court that Iseli had not tried to contact the alleged victim since the charges were brought against him.
Riggleman denied the request for bond modification.
Hawkins also addressed the court regarding his displeasure with his client being transported from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail to the hearing without a coat, stating that his client “should be treated with respect” and that transporting him without weather-appropriate attire in winter conditions was “obscene and ridiculous.”
Hawkins asked for the court to help provide his client with a jacket and to see that he was not “inhumanely treated.”
Riggleman said he would try to help the situation but was not sure he had jurisdiction over how prisoners are brought to court.
Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court on Monday:
– A man charged in a Nov. 29 hit-and-run incident in Beverly sought to have his bond reduced Monday.
Matthew Blake, 32, has been charged with one count of DUI causing personal injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of first possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, all misdemeanors.
Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Gray said the charges are “very serious” and that due to his “reckless disregard” for the safety of others the victim in this case, Joseph Browning, 18, is currently on life support.
Riggleman denied the bond modification based on the condition of Browning and said the bond, which was set at $30,000, was “very fair.”
– Ann Marie See, 21, who was charged with two counts of uttering, a felony, appeared in court to waive her preliminary hearing under the condition that the state provided early discovery in her case.
She is accused of writing four checks on another woman’s bank account.
See is free on a $30,000 personal recognizance bond.
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