By RACHEL C. DOVE
WILLIAMSON - C. Michael Sparks, Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney, released information on Friday regarding three guilty pleas that were entered by defendants who had been indicted by the April Grand Jury . The three local males appeared before the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury earlier in the week.
Regarding Indictment A12-F30; State of WV vs. Billy Blankenship: A guilty plea was entered to a charge of child neglect creating risk of injury. Blankenship was sentenced to a prison term in a state correctional facility for an indefinite term of not less than one year nor more than five years and was issued a fine in the amount of $1,000.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Jerry M. Lyall. Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Deputy M.J. Miller was the primary investigating officer on this case.
Indictment A12-F39 included a charge of delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (Marijuana), to which the defendant, James Lee Hosely, pled guilty. A punishment of one to five years in a state correctional facility awaits Hosely when he appears in Circuit Court on June 19 for his sentencing hearing.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Susan Van Zant and Williamson Police Chief C.D. Rockel appeared as primary investigator.
In the case of the State of WV vs. Charles Edward Chafin, a guilty plea was entered to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Methamphetamine) with intent to deliver in connection with Indictment A12-F31. Chafin was sentenced to a prison sentence of one to five years and was fined $1,000.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Kathryn Cisco-Sturgell and the testimony against Chafin was provided by MCSD Corporal N. Mines who served as lead investigator in the case.
The Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has successfully achieved a total of 46 felony convictions since the beginning of this year, of which 16 are felony drug cases.