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Judge Cramer Addresses Matters in Tyler County Circuit Court

May 8, 2019
By Maddisen Eidel - Staff Writer , Tyler Star News

James E. Frick, 50, of New Martinsville, appeared before the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Cramer in Tyler County Circuit Court on April 15. Frick entered guilty pleas to the following offenses: Fleeing D.U.I. (felony), Aggravated D.U.I., Obstructing, and Driving Revoked D.U.I, second offense (misdemeanors). These offenses occured on November 15, 2018, in Paden City, involving a high-speed pursuit on city streets.

He was sentenced to three to ten years of imprisonment for Fleeing D.U.I., and a 6-month jail sentence on every other conviction. The jail sentence for Aggravated D.U.I. is consecutive to Fleeing D.U.I. He was also fined $500 for Aggravated D.U.I. and $1000 for Driving Revoked D.U.I. The charge of fleeing on foot was dismissed.

Brian L. Wade, 55, of New Martinsville, appeared before Judge Cramer in Tyler County Circuit Court on April 29. Wade entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of breaking and entering. This offense occured on October 26, 2018, in Middlebourne at Outlaw Graphics. He was sentenced to one to ten years of imprisonment, consecutive to sentences in three counties (including Tyler) that he had been paroled from. A charge of grand larceny was dismissed per plea agreement. However, he was ordered to make restitution to the victim.

Gordon Swartz IV, 42, of 10240 Indian Creek Road, Jacksonburg, also appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court on April 29. Swartz plead not guilty to the felony offense of grand larceny. This offense allegedly occured on June 18, 2018, and Swartz posted a $5,000 surety bond. Swartz waived his term of court, and a pre-trial hearing was set for June 24.

Garrett Amos, 26, of 262 N. Wells Street, Sistersville, appeared before Judge Cramer in Tyler County Circuit Court on May 2 for a hearing. Amos previously plead not guilty to the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana. This offense allegedly occured on July 27, 2018, and Amos posted a $5,000 cash/surety bond. While appearing in court on this day, Amos' attorney reported that they had reached a plea agreement with the state. As part of this agreement and Amos entering a guilty plea, the charge would be dropped to a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony charge, and Amos would receive one year of supervised probation.

Wyatt Kemp, 19, of 5723 Friendly Hill Road, Friendly, also appeared in court that day for a hearing. Kemp previously plead not guilty to two counts of the felony offense of cruelty to animals. These offenses allegedly occured on Nov. 21, 2018, and Kemp posted bail. Kemp's attorney told Judge Cramer that they had recently received a plea offer. As such, he requested that they waive Kemp's term of court in order to continue plea negotiations. Judge Cramer accepted the waiver, and set a court date for June 24. Kemp's bond was then continued, and he was ordered to return to court.

James Wade, 48, of 179 Woodburn Road, Alma, appeared in court that day as well for a possible plea hearing. Wade previously plead 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 occured on Oct. 21, 2018, and Wade posted a $1,000 property/surety bond. However, his bond was later revoked and he was incarcerated in North Central Regional Jail.

On May 2, Judge Cramer was told by Wade's lawyer that a plea agreement had been reached. This plea agreement was said to be a Kennedy plea, which is a guilty plea in which Wade does not admit to the charges, but accepts the sentence as he can conclude that he would be found guilty in a trial. Wade was sentenced to one to three years confinement in the Department of Corrections with credit for time served, and he was ordered to pay $3,000 and any court costs and fees.

In a previous hearing, a request was made that Wade be released for a short time to get his affairs in order, and Judge Cramer granted this motion. He was released from custody that same day, and was given seven days to complete this task. Wade was ordered to report to the North Central Regional Jail on May 9. Wade was then released on bond.

Michael Cooper, 50, of 6684 Tyler Highway, Sistersville, also appeared in court that day for arraignment. Cooper has been charged with five felony offenses: two counts of threats of terrorist acts, arson in the fourth degree, and two counts of attempted murder. He was also charged with one misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals. These offenses allegedly occured on Dec. 25, 2018. Cooper is currently incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail, and a cash/surety bond was set at $100,000 as suggested by the state.

Formal arraignment for Cooper was set for May 10. Following this decision, Cooper was taken to be processed before being remanded.

Lionel Seese, 47, of 526 Braden Hill Road, West Union, appeared in court that day for a possible plea. Seese had previously plead not guilty to the felony offense of burglary and the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property. These offenses allegedly occured on Jan. 31, 2019, and a cash/surety bond was set at $10,000. However, it was later reduced to $5,000, although Seese failed to post that bond and remained in the North Central Regional Jail.

While in court that day, Seese's lawyer told Judge Cramer that a plea agreement had been reached. This was a Kennedy plea, similar to Wade's agrrement. By accepting this deal, Seese's one to fifteen year sentence was suspended, the misdemeanor charge was dismissed, and he was to be released on supervised probation for up to two years. Also by accepting this deal, Seese was to pay all court costs and fees. Seese was then released on probation.

David Henthorn II, 37, of 103 N. 3 Avenue, Paden City, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Henthorn has been charged with 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 occured on August 20, 2018, and although Henthorn was currently incarcerated, it was said that he had posted a $5,000 cash/surety bond.

Formal arraignment for Henthorn was set for May 10. Henthorn was then released on bond, and ordered to return for formal arraignment.

 
 
 

 

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