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Lasure Changes Mind On Plea

April 10, 2019
BY MADDISEN EIDEL - STAFF WRITER (MEIDEL@TYLERSTARNEWS.COM) , Tyler Star News

Aaron Lasure, 39, of 517 Front Street, New Matamoras, Ohio, appeared before the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Cramer in Tyler County Circuit Court on April 2 for a status hearing. Lasure has previously been charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and transportation of a controlled substance into the state. These offenses allegedly occurred on May 6, 2018. Lasure was incarcerated in North Central Regional Jail and later posted a $5,000 surety bond.

Although Lasure had previously pleaded not guilty to both charges, his attorney told Judge Cramer that Lasure was willing to enter a plea agreement. In this agreement, Lasure would plead guilty to both charges and agree to undergo a pre-sentence investigation. It was also made known to Lasure that by pleading guilty, he waived his right to a trial and to any appeals to a jury. Judge Cramer made sure that Lasure understood his rights and all of what the agreement entailed.

Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee also reminded Lasure that pleading guilty to the first charge was a potential one to five years in prison, and being convicted of the second charge would mean one to 10 potential years in prison.

It was at this time that Lasure decided to retract his guilty plea. He issued Judge Cramer an apology and explained he wasn't "exactly guilty."

Judge Cramer set the matter for trial on May 15. Lasure's bond was continued, and he was ordered to return to court for his trial.

Lionel Seese, 47, of 526 Braden Hill Road, West Union, also appeared before Judge Cramer in Tyler County Circuit Court that same day for a pre-trial hearing. Seese has been charged with the felony offense of burglary and the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property. These offenses allegedly occurred on Jan. 31, and Seese has pleaded not guilty to both charges. Seese is currently incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail.

Judge Cramer set an evidentiary hearing for April 29 and set the trial date for May 28. Following this, Seese was remanded.

Kylia Jones, 28, of 47 Malloy Street, Middlebourne, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day as a motion was made by her attorney to reduce her sentence and release her on probation. Jones is currently incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail, and has been since around December of last year, according to her attorney. Jones was convicted of the felony offense of burglary and the felony offense of grand larceny. Both offenses occurred on February 11, 2018, and Jones later entered a plea agreement. This agreement sentenced her to one to 15 years in the West Virginia Division of Corrections, one year of supervised probation, and she was ordered to pay restitution and all court fees. The total amount due was $1,811.04.

Although a motion was filed to reduce her sentence, Furbee told Judge Cramer that within her time in jail, she has had a few infractions including being caught with a weapon.

Jones' attorney explained that Jones was looking to better herself by taking classes to obtain her GED as well as anger management classes.

Judge Cramer told the court he was taking the matter under advisement and would make his decision on the matter within the week. Jones was then remanded.

James Wade, 47, of 179 Woodburn Road, Alma, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day for a pre-trial hearing and a scheduling conference. Wade has pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of driving while his license was revoked for driving while under the influence of alcohol, this being his third offense. This offense allegedly occurred on October 21, 2018, and Wade had posted a $1,000 property/surety bond. However, on March 25, Wade had his bond revoked.

Judge Cramer scheduled a plea hearing for April 15. Although Wade's attorney requested Wade be released on his previous bond in order to get a few items in order before his case went to trial, Judge Cramer did not immediately accept or deny this motion. Judge Cramer explained he would consider releasing Wade after his plea was made. Wade was then remanded.

Gordon Swartz, 42, of 10240 Indian Creek Road, Jacksonburg, W.Va. appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference. Swartz pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of grand larceny. This offense allegedly occurred on June 18, 2018, and Swartz posted a $5,000 surety bond.

Swartz's attorney filed a motion to extend court deadlines as the defense was still in the process of gathering information. He also said the defense might have more questions for the state involving discovery at a later date. This motion was approved by Judge Cramer, and an extension was given until April 29. Swartz's bond was continued and he was ordered to return to court.

Tony Winter, 24, of 105 North 3 Avenue, Paden City, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that same day for a pre-trial hearing and a scheduling conference. Winter has pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver. This offense allegedly occurred on November 18, 2018, and Winter posted bond.

Judge Cramer set a voluntariness hearing for April 16. Winter's bond was then continued, and Judge Cramer ordered him to return to court.

James Frick, 50, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference. Frick has pleaded not guilty to the felony offenses of fleeing from a police officer in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, fleeing from a police officer on foot, aggravated driving under the influence, obstructing an officer, and driving while his license was revoked for driving while under the influence. These offenses allegedly occurred on November 15, 2018.

Frick is currently incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail with bail set at $10,000. However, his attorney informed the court the matter had reached a plea agreement. Judge Cramer scheduled a plea hearing for April 15. Frick was then remanded.

Brian Wade, 55, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference. Wade pleaded not guilty for the felony offense of breaking and entering a building other than a dwelling and the felony offense of grand larceny. These offenses allegedly occurred on October 26, 2018, and bail was set at $50,000. Wade is currently incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail.

Wade's attorney told Judge Cramer that the parties are currently working on a plea deal. However, a hearing was still set for April 15, and Wade was then remanded.

Chadrick Kile, 39, of 102 Becky Lane, Middlebourne, appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that same day for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference. Kile had pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of grand larceny. Kile has previously posted bail, and was said to be in the middle of plea negotiations. As such, a hearing was set for April 16, either to be a plea hearing or a voluntariness hearing. Kile's bond was then continued, and Judge Cramer ordered him to return to court.

Jerrick Mercer, 20, of 103 Becky Lane, Middlebourne, appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court that day for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference. Mercer had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals. This offense allegedly occurred on November 21, 2018, and Mercer posted a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

Mercer's attorney requested counsel approach the bench. Judge Cramer granted this. After consultation, Judge Cramer decided to continue the matter. A hearing was set for May 10. Mercer's bond was then continued, and Judge Cramer ordered him to return to court.

 
 
 

 

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