Boone County courtroom news
by Fred Pace
Bloomingrose man sent to prison for role in house burglary
Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph announced that a Bloomingrose man will spend the next 4 to 15 years in prison for his role in a house burglary.
Howard Junior “Stinker” Green, 45, was sentenced last week by Judge William S. Thompson. Green pled guilty in March to Daytime Burglary and felony Conspiracy for breaking into a Prenter residence.
In January, Deputy McCarty of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a concerned neighbor who saw Green kick in the front door of a residence and remove numerous items. Green then fled in a pickup truck.
Deputy McCarty later found Green at a residence in Kirbytown. Green and another man admitted their role in the burglary and were arrested by deputies. McCarty was able to recover the stolen items.
After Green admitted his role in the burglary, prosecutors sought an enhancement of his sentence claiming that Green was a habitual criminal offender. Prosecutors claimed that Green had been convicted in 2004 for the felony offense of Unlawful Assault.
At the conclusion of Green’s plea hearing, Judge Thompson permitted Green to make bond while awaiting his sentencing hearing. However, Green failed to show for his hearing and was later arrested in Preston County for a separate offense. In the meantime, prosecutors indicted Green for failing to appear for court.
At his sentencing hearing last week, Judge Thompson agreed with prosecutors that Green had a prior felony conviction and doubled Green’s minimum sentence from 2 years to four.
Judge Thompson also ordered Green to stand trial on the Failure to Appear charge in September. Green faces up to five years if convicted.
Seth man sentenced for his role in two separate crimes
A Seth man will spend the next 48 months on probation after Judge William S. Thompson gave the man an option at prison or probation.
Patrick Michael Clendenin, 35, chose probation at his sentencing hearing last week.
Clendenin pled guilty earlier this month to the felony offenses of Credit Card Fraud, Grand Larceny and Conspiracy for his role in two separate crimes.
In August of last year, Deputies McCarty and Dent of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department were called to a house burglary on Prenter Road outside of Seth. Deputies found the home to have been forcibly entered and also found numerous electronic items missing. Their investigation led them to Clendenin and another man both of whom were eventually arrested for the crime.
In February, Corporal L. J. McClung of the West Virginia State Police was called by a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker who claimed that someone had stolen her debit cards from her purse while she was performing a home visit in Foster.
Cpl. McClung’s investigation eventually led her to Clendenin and a woman who had used the card at various locations in Boone and Logan counties. Clendenin was ultimately arrested for credit card fraud.
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Thompson gave the man an option of 1 to 10 years in prison or 3 to 25 years suspended with a period of probation. Clendenin chose probation.
If Clendenin violates his probationary period, he faces up to 25 years in prison, according to the judge.
Danville man sentenced for operating a meth lab
A Danville man was sentenced to home incarceration for operating a methamphetamine lab out of his home at a mobile home park in the Newport area of Danville. Christopher Michael Dolin, 34, was sentenced to up to 10 years home incarceration for Acquiring Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine by Judge William S. Thompson.
Dolin pled guilty to the charge in April.
In May 2011, Troopers Brewer, Sutphin and Harper received information that methamphetamine was being cooked at a mobile home on Newport hill. When the Troopers arrived, they saw people fleeing through the mobile home.
Dolin was detained while Troopers discovered several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the home. Items found included bottles, hoses, Drano, charcoal lighter fluid, and a mixed bottle of substances all of which are commonly used in the manufacturing process.
If Dolin violates his home incarceration rules, he will face up to 10 years in prison.
Madison woman faces up to 40 years in prison
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph announced that a Madison woman will face up to 40 years in prison when sentenced later next month.
Michelle Lynn Chafin, 40, pled guilty to multiple felony offenses before Judge William S. Thompson last week. Chafin’s guilty plea covered her involvement in three separate crimes.
In April 2010, Lieutenant J. T. Adams of the Madison Police Department oversaw the purchase of Xanax, a controlled substance, from Chafin. Adams used a cooperating individual to make the purchase of Xanax from Chafin on Riverside Drive in Madison. The CI was able to purchase 17 Xanax at a price of $50.
Xanax is one of the more commonly abused prescription drugs on the market, according to the prosecuting attorney. Chafin ultimately pled guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance for her role in the crime.
In February 2011, Corporal Shultz of the Madison Police Department received an anonymous tip that Chafin had stolen a prescription pad from a doctor’s office in Charleston and that she was passing fraudulent prescriptions around the Madison area.
Cpl. Shultz was able to locate the fake prescriptions and ultimately arrested Chafin for her role in forging the doctor’s name. Chafin pled guilty to forging two prescriptions for Lortab and Xanax, two of the most commonly abused prescription drugs.
In July 2011, Deputy Dent of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Little General Store in Uneeda for a stolen vehicle complaint. Dent’s investigation showed that a 2002 GMC pickup was stolen from the parking lot.
The truck was later spotted by law enforcement officers who pursued the truck into Raleigh County. The pursuit ended when the truck crashed. Chafin and another woman were arrested at the scene of the wreck for stealing the truck as well as other offenses.
Chafin pled guilty to Grand Larceny for her role in the crime.
Chafin faces up to 10 years on each count when sentenced Sept. 26 by Judge Thompson.
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