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Nitro man sentenced in drug plot

November 16, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A 26-year-old Nitro man involved in a plot to smuggle illegal drugs, tobacco, lighters and other controlled substances into Huttonsville Correctional Facility was sentenced this week in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Henry Martin Woody Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to a total of two to eight years in the state penitentiary for his involvement in an April 2011 plot to deliver contraband to two Huttonsville inmates, Michael Joe Bragg and Brian Allen Simpkins.

Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong sentenced Woody to one to three years for one felony count of attempt of transportation of controlled substances onto the grounds of a correctional facility, and one to three years in prison for one felony count of attempt of delivery of contraband to an inmate. These sentences will run consecutively.

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Wilfong also sentenced Woody to one to three years in prison for attempt of delivery of contraband to an inmate and one to five years in prison for possession with intent to deliver; these sentences will run concurrent to the one to three years sentence for the attempt of delivery of contraband to an inmate charge.

Woody is the co-defendant of his sister, Karena Davis, 32, of Nitro, and Sara Lynette Cantrell, 33, of Lesage, who were previously sentenced in October in circuit court.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker had asked Wilfong to impose the maximum effective sentence of four to 14 years in the state penitentiary.

"The defendant's actions undermine the entire criminal justice system and put the inmates and officers at risk," Parker said.

"He picked a very bad and a very significant thing to do."

Also, on Wednesday:

Woods' attorney, Dwight Hall, said a radiology report indicated that the baby's ribs had been broken at another time.

"They were fractured but healing ribs," Hall said. "We would ask that the form of the bond be modified to $25,000 cash, property or surety."

"So we may be looking at two separate incidents," Wilfong said prior to denying Hall's motion to modify bond.

In September, a jury found Marcum guilty of destruction of property, but failed to reach a verdict on a second charge that had been lodged against him - offense committed by an inmate, a felony. The charges stem from a May 19, 2011 incident in which he allegedly ripped a sprinkler head out of the wall in his cell at the Huttonsville Correctional Center, causing water to spew out of the defaced sprinkler and into his and other prisoners' cells.

Parker asked that the court dismiss without prejudice the felony count of offense committed by an inmate, meaning it can be brought up again in court.

Wilfong thanked Marcum for a letter he'd sent her after his September trial.

"I think it was a genuine letter," Wilfong said. "I got it and I read it, and it made my day. When is your (jail) term up?"

Marcum said he was set to be released in 2017.

"Get it done and get out and be finished with it," Wilfong said. "You're a good person. I think you had a rough start, but you've got a lot of potential. Make your 30s better."

Robinson will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Dec. 20.

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