Mill Creek woman sentenced to prison

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ELKINS — A Randolph County woman previously convicted of felony shoplifting has been sentenced to the state penitentiary.

Amanda Marie Jones, 33, of Mill Creek, was sentenced to one to 10 years. She must also pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Randolph County Probation Office.

Jones pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-offense shoplifting, as part of a plea agreement, during an April 3 hearing.

The prosecution agreed to stand silent at the sentencing hearing.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker represented the state while Jones appeared with Greg Tingler as defense counsel. Circuit Judge David Wilmoth presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 21, Deputy Z.T. Pingley, of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to Elkins Wal-Mart regarding a shoplifting complaint.

Once on scene, the alleged shoplifter was identified as Jones, who was caught attempting to leave the store with items she had not paid for and price tags were removed from the items, the complaint states.

Loss prevention associates said they saw Jones placing items into her pockets. The items recovered from her pockets were a “Winter Rescue” cartoon DVD, Sony headphones and BIC lighters. Once Jones was placed in a holding room she was “caught lying” to employees about additional stolen items, according to the complaint.

Employees found a watch hidden up her left shirt sleeve. Additionally, a purse she carried into the store with her was determined to be a stolen item, police said.

Surveillance footage obtained by Pingley showed Jones entering the store without a purse and the price tag for the purse was later found in the store, the complaint states.

The total cost of the stolen items was $38.31, according to the report.

Jones’ criminal history shows she had been arrested on shoplifting charges seven times, including a second-offense shoplifting conviction on May 12, 2006, from the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police, according to the complaint.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court:

• Cary Janel Blackburn, 25, of Cabins, was sentenced to six months to two years at the Anthony Center for youthful offenders. She must also pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Randolph County Probation Office.

Blackburn will return before the court for a second sentencing hearing after she either successfully completes the Anthony Center program or is terminated from it.

Blackburn pleaded guilty to one felony count of fraudulent use of an access device, as part of a plea agreement, during a May 1 hearing.

The prosecution dismissed one felony count of conspiracy and two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

Parker represented the state while Blackburn appeared with Melissa Roman as defense counsel. Wilmoth presided.

• Kevin James Parrack, 33, of Beverly, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of breaking and entering, one felony count of conspiracy, and one misdemeanor count of destruction of property, as part of a plea agreement.

The prosecution dismissed one felony count of escape by persons in custody of institutions or officers, two felony counts of grand larceny and one felony count of conspiracy. They also reserve the right to make a sentencing recommendation during a sentencing hearing, slated for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Parker represented the state while Parrack appeared with Dennis Willett as defense counsel. Wilmoth presided.

• Christopher Tyler Pritt, 22, of Grafton, pleaded guilty to one felony count of sexual assault in the third degree, as part of a plea agreement.

The prosecution dismissed one felony count of the same charge.

The court took the plea under advisement, pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report because the defense moved for Pritt’s adjudication to be deferred. The state didn’t agree to the deferral but left the decision to the discretion of the court.

Parker represented the state while Pritt appeared with James E. Hawkins Jr. as defense counsel. Wilmoth presided.

• A motion for a mental status evaluation was granted in the case of Daniel Ryan Spencer, 30, of Elkins.

Spencer was indicted on four felony counts of soliciting a minor via computer, one felony count of distribution and display to minor of obscene matter and one felony count of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, on June 26 by a Randolph County grand jury.

The evaluation for competency and criminal responsibility will be conducted by Clayman and Associates in Charleston.

Parker represented the state while Spencer appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Wilmoth presided.

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