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Man pleads guilty

Kerens resident to face 3 charges

December 11, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A man who allegedly stole firearms valued at more than $1,000 from his grandfather pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors in lieu of a felony charge Monday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Douglas R. Brookins, 21, of Kerens pleaded guilty to petit larceny, possession of a concealed weapon and first-offense driving revoked for DUI during a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. According to an agreement reached between Brookins' attorney, David Hart, and Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Gray, the state will drop three charges: grand larceny, a felony; speeding, a misdemeanor; and obstructing, a misdemeanor.

Brookins - who has been incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail since Nov. 18 -will serve six months in regional jail for possession of a concealed weapon and six months in jail for first-offense driving revoked for DUI; these sentences will run concurrently.

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As part of the plea agreement accepted by Magistrate Ben Shepler, Brookins will serve one year in jail for the petit larceny charge; however, that jail time will be suspended in lieu of his successful completion of adult drug court in Randolph County Circuit Court or, alternatively, the Randolph County Community Corrections program.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Sgt. S.R. Judy, the investigating officer, was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Robert E. Lee Ave. at approximately 10:45 p.m. Oct. 6. When he arrived at the residence, the alleged victim, Jimmy Brookins, told Judy that his grandson, Douglas Brookins, had spent the previous night at his residence. He and his wife left the following morning for Morgantown, and Jimmy Brookins asked his grandson to lock the door when he left.

When Jimmy Brookins returned from Morgantown that evening, he realized he was missing four firearms and associated ammunition valued at more than $1,000; assorted collectible coins valued at approximately $500; about $40 worth of current coins; and two hunting knives valued at $50.

"The victim stated his grandson was aware the items were in the home and has a drug problem," Judy wrote in the complaint. Jimmy Brookins also reportedly told Judy that his wife was missing prescription pain killers, according to the report.

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