JULIA ROBERTS GOAD
WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks sent a release to the Williamson Daily News, detailing the case against a Kermit man who was arrested for robbing a convenience store roughly four months ago.
The criminal complaints stated that Shane Waller, 24, entered the Marrowbone Junction convenience store wearing a ski mask and brandishing a large knife. He demanded the store clerk give him all the money in the cash register. The employee fled to the back of the store to call 911, and Waller went behind the counter and took approximately $560 in cash.
“Waller was convicted by jury trial of first-degree robbery…” Sparks said. “(He) is exposed to a sentence of confinement in a state correctional facility of not less than 10 years.”
An officer with Southwestern Regional Jail told the Daily News that Waller was still lodged there, charged with armed robbery and petit larceny.
Sparks said that he would likely seek an enhanced sentence pursuant to the West Virginia Habitual Criminal Act, which would add five years to whatever sentence Judge Michael Thornsbury imposed.
He also commended Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Glen R. Rutledge and his staff “for a job well done,” as well as the jurors.
Sparks also praised Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joe Smith for “yet another excellent investigation.”
Smith conducted the investigation of the case, and was assisted by Cpl. Josh Endicott, Deputy J.W. Muncy and Deputy M. Lendearo, all of the MCSD.
Waller will be sentenced Jan. 9, at 9 a.m.
Interestingly enough, the employee in the store at the time of the robber was also named Shane Waller, with no relation between the two of them.