Judge waiting for more info on proposed plea agreement

ELKINS – Senior Status Judge Thomas Steptoe is waiting for more information before deciding whether to accept a plea agreement for a former Tygart Valley Regional Jail correctional officer accused of having sexual intercourse with an inmate.

Buddy Lee Leary, 42, is charged with two felony counts of imposition of sexual acts on an incarcerated person. He pleaded guilty Friday to one count and the state agreed to dismiss the second count, but Steptoe must accept the plea before it can go into effect.

A binding plea means that, if accepted, the court would be bound to follow the recommended sentence, which, in this case is set at five years of supervised probation.

Steptoe said he would neither accept or refuse the plea until a pre-sentence investigation is completed, including a victim impact statement and a statement from the investigating officer, Trooper C.E. Elliot of the West Virginia State Police.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Friday:

– Paul Himes, 29, of Elkins, made no motions during his pre-trial conference Friday so his trial, set for Aug. 14, will continue as scheduled.

Himes is charged with two felony counts of third degree sexual assault and one felony count of conspiracy.

– A hearing on a motion to dismiss charges was continued for Bernard Greer, 33, of Elkins. The hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Greer is charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering, two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property.

– A pre-trial conference for Daniel Clifford Moore, 26, of Elkins, was rescheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 8. Moore is charged with three felony counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury.

– A motion for continuance was granted for Jonathan Williams Streets, 19, of Elkins. Streets is charged with one felony count of first degree robbery, one misdemeanor count of battery and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 3, jury selection has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 and a two-day trial is set for Nov. 18 and 19.

– A motion for continuation was granted for Billy Lee Isenhart, 29, of Elkins. Isenhart is charged with one felony count of failure to register as a sexual offender to provide notice of registration changes.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 3, jury selection has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 and a two-day trial is set for Nov. 18 and 19.

– A motion for continuance was granted for Markie Leeann Bunnell, formerly known as Markie Leeann Jeffries, 27, of Montrose. Bunnell is charged with three felony counts of forgery and three felony counts of uttering.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 3, jury selection has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 and a two-day trial is set for Nov. 18 and 19.

– Gary Heflin signed a waiver releasing himself to the custody of Frederick County in Virginia on charges against him there once he is released from the custody of the West Virginia Department of Corrections.

– William Six signed a waiver releasing himself to the custody of Garrett County in Maryland on charges against him there once he is released from Department of Corrections custody.