ELKINS - Bond reduction was denied Wednesday for a man charged with 50 counts of incest in Randolph County Circuit Court.
Derek Shifflett, 31, is also charged with 50 counts of first-degree sexual assault, a felony; and 50 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, a felony. The indictment alleges Shifflett had sexual intercourse with a family member under the age of 12 on numerous occasions between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012.
Shifflett's attorney, Chris Cooper, filed a motion for court to produce findings of fact and conclusions of law in regard to Shifflett's bond, which was set at $360,000 cash or property, asking that it be reduced.
Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong found that, due to the number of serious charges against him, Shifflett was potentially facing multiple life sentences, and that if his bond was reduced he could pose a potential flight risk and potential danger for the public.
Also in court Wednesday, seven people were sentenced:
- James Thomas Butcher was sentenced to two to five years in a state penitentiary after pleading guilty to unlawful assault of a government representative, a felony.
- Lisa Ann Hoffman, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, a felony.
- Phillip Moyers, 28, was sentenced to four to 20 years in a state penitentiary after pleading guilty to one count of operating a clandestine laboratory and two counts of
- Alton Jackson was sentenced to one to 10 years on one count of bribery and one to five years for one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The sentence is suspended and Jackson will serve 60 days in a state penitentiary followed by five years of supervised probation.
- Angela Faye Miller, 44, was sentenced to one to five years in a state penitentiary. The sentence was suspended in favor of Miller serving five years probation.
- Bobby Lynn Hedrick, 51, was sentenced to one to five years in a state penitentiary for one count of failure to register as a sexual offender. The sentence was suspended in favor of Hedrick serving 60 days in a state penitentiary followed by three years supervised probation.
- Paul Jason Armstrong was sentenced to one to five years for possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. The sentence was suspended in favor of Armstrong serving 60 days in a state penitentiary and three years of supervised probation.
Wilfong began Wednesday's proceedings by bringing in all of the inmates from Tygart Valley Regional Jail present for hearings and lining them up in front of her. She said she had overheard a few of them saying things to her as she was coming into the courthouse in the morning.
Wilfong gave the inmates the opportunity to tell her what they wanted to say to her - whether it was regarding their case or otherwise - before the court day officially began. None of the inmates spoke up.