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Harris enters guilty plea

February 4, 2014
By Chad Clem - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - A Mabie man pleaded guilty to one count of threats of terroristic acts, a felony, in one of 10 plea hearings Monday in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Cody Trevor Harris, 28, pleaded guilty to the felony regarding a matter where he made the comments prior to a court hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court in early July.

Harris told Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong Monday that the incident happened back in August, while he was facing pending charges on an unrelated case. A police officer was telling him about the time that he would face in prison for the pending charges and Harris became angry and "made a general threat to the general well-being of the police."

According to Senior Trooper C.S. Johnston, the officer present at the time, Harris told him, "If I get out, I'll just shoot at police, and I know y'all are just doing your job, but I know you all wear vests so I'll shoot at your heads and if you have to shoot back, that's fine too."

The penalty for a conviction of threats of terrorist acts is confinement in the state penitentiary for one to three years, a fine between $5,000 and $25,0000 or both, according to state code.

Harris' sentencing is set for April 25.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court on Monday:

Robert Friel, 24, of Huttonsville, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual assault, a felony.

Friel admitted in court that he had a sexual relationship with a female juvenile, who at the time was 14 years old.

Friel could be facing up to $10,000 in fines and one to five years in a state penitentiary. Sentencing is set for April 25.

Dennis Henthorne, 52, of Mill Creek, pleaded guilty to one count of third offense driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony.

Henthorne will be sentenced on April 25.

He also was charged in June with one count of third offense driving revoked for DUI, a felony, and traveling left of center, a misdemeanor. Henthorne is facing imprisonment for one to three years in the state penitentiary and, in the court's discretion, a possible fine between $3,000 and $5,000.

Matthew David Ray, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of breaking and entering, a felony. Ray told the court he broke into Central Baptist Church on Country Club Road and "took several items." Ray said the items were returned to the police.

Ray's sentencing is set for April 25. He is facing confinement for one to 10 years in the state penitentiary.

Mark Kevin Gumm, 25, of Valley Bend, pleaded guilty to one count of bringing contraband into a state penitentiary, a felony, and one count of conspiracy, a misdemeanor. Gumm is facing two to 10 years in a state penitentiary and a $1,000 to $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for March 26.

Michael Brooks Ketterman, 25, appeared in court for a pre-trial diversion hearing, however; upon questioning, Wilfong asked him to take a drug test. Ketterman failed the screening, and it was reported by Probation Officer Jason Elmore that Ketterman attempted to adulterate the drug screen with cold water. When this was found out, he was asked to take another screening. The screening came back with positive results for marijuana and subutex.

One of the conditions of Ketterman's bond is that he submit to random drug screenings and since the screening came back with positive results, he was taken into custody.

The matter of the pre-trial diversion was set to continue on Feb. 6.

Derek Michael Snead, 22, an inmate of Huttonsville Correctional Center, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful wounding, a felony. The plea was in response to an altercation that Snead was involved in at the Center last summer.

Snead faces one to five years in a state penitentiary for the charge. Sentencing is set for March 26.

Bryan Broseker, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a felony. Broseker is facing one to five years in a state penitentiary or one to three years in a regional jail. Sentencing is set for April 25.

Lee Andrew Beltran, 27, of Leavittsburg, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a felony. Beltran told the court that he had pills on his person when he was brought to jail on unrelated charges, and hid them in his pillow with the intent of disposing of them.

Beltran is facing one to five years in a state penitentiary or one to three years in a regional jail. Sentencing is set for April 25.

Carl Larry Manley, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a misdemeanor. Sentencing is set for March 26.

Douglas Kniceley, 32, of Jane Lew, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, a misdemeanor. Sentencing is set for April 25.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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