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Plea deal reached in Upshur County incest case

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man has reached a plea deal in an alleged incest case.

Adolph Steven Bowman, 45, of Tallmansville, represented by attorney Zach Dyer, pleaded guilty to incest, a felony, in the first count of the indictment in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Bowman was indicted by the September Upshur County Grand Jury for incest, a felony, five counts; and displaying obscene matter to a minor, a felony.

Under the terms of the agreement reached in a hearing before Judge Kurt Hall, the state will move to dismiss the remaining counts at the time of sentencing scheduled for March 2 at 8:30 a.m. A pre-sentence investigation will be done.

According to the court documents, Bowman had allegedly engaged in incest with his stepdaughter, an adult, and allegedly showed the juvenile daughter of his stepdaughter obscene matter.

The case was investigated by Sgt. K.A. Corley with the West Virginia State Police.

• In a separate case, Johnna Courtney, 38, represented by Jim Hawkins, reached a plea agreement ahead of a trial set for this week.

Under the Kennedy vs. Frazier plea, Courtney pleaded guilty to fraudulent schemes in count two of the indictment but did not admit guilt. Instead, prosecuting attorney Brian Hinkle laid a factual basis.

Hinkle said that between April and June 2018, two other individuals, Sydney Williams, 22, and Carly Arbogast, 22, would go into Lowe’s, steal items and exchange them for gift cards which were then sold to Courtney for half price. Arbogast and Williams have already been sentenced for their role.

Courtney denied having knowledge of the items being stolen, according to Hinkle.

Hall sentenced Courtney to one year in jail with credit for time served and a $100 fine. In addition, Courtney will be responsible for the remaining balance of $62.54 of restitution. The co-defendants have paid their part of the restitution.

The remaining count of the indictment, conspiracy, was dismissed with prejudice.

Courtney has a pending federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, counterfeiting and possession of counterfeit obligations in a separate case.