ELKINS - An Elkins resident - who allegedly shot and killed a man while they were riding in a car in July - pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Randolph County Circuit Court Monday.
Wade Allen Raese, 25, appeared before Judge Thomas Steptoe, a senior status judge appointed to the case after Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong recused herself due to a conflict of interest.
"Mr. Raese waived his right to indictment and consented to being charged with second degree murder by way of an information filed by the state," Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker told The Inter-Mountain. "Raese then entered a guilty plea, which Judge Steptoe took under advisement pending review of the presentence investigation report."
Parker stressed that Steptoe has not officially accepted the plea at this time and will determine whether or not the plea will be accepted at the time of sentencing. Raese is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1. If the plea is accepted, he could face 10 to 40 years in a state penitentiary.
Raese is accused of fatally shooting 45-year-old Ryan Earl Young of Duncan, S.C., on July 15 while Raese, Young and an acquaintance of the two were riding in a car in the Highland Park area of Randolph County.
After an extensive search, including interviews with Raese's friends and family, Raese called authorities and revealed his location to them on July 16. Police picked Raese up at the Central Towers apartment building in Elkins. He was taken into custody by the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.
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