WILLIAMSON — Two Williamson men were arrested Wednesday on armed robbery and kidnapping charges after holding a man at gunpoint and robbing him of his belongings.
Dwight Warren, 39, of Williamson, and Jerome Smith, AKA “Oatmeal”, 40, of Williamson, were both arrested after they entered the home of Robert Murphy, the victim, and held him at gun point. The two men allegedly robbed Murphy of his personal belongings. Then, while under gun point, forced him to his vehicle against his own will and ordered him to drive them to an unspecified location.
According to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), anyone who uses the threat of deadly force by presenting a firearm or other deadly weapon is guilty of robbery in the first degree and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than ten years.
The two were arraigned in front of Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and then the case was sent to Circuit Court.
The case is still under investigation and further charges could be filed against Warren and Smith, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department.
The MCSD also stated, any person who unlawfully restrains another person with the intent to hold another person for ransom, reward or concession; to transport another person with the intent to inflict bodily injury or to terrorize the victim or another person; to use another person as a shield or hostage, shall be guilty of a felony and , upon conviction, shall be punished by confinement by the division of corrections life, and, notwithstanding the provisions of article 12, chapter 62 of this code, shall not be eligible for parole.
The following exceptions shall apply to the penalty contained in subsection (a):
- A jury may, in their discretion, recommend mercy, and if such recommendation is added to their verdict, such person shall be eligible for parole in accordance with the provisions of said article 12.
- If such person pleads guilty, the court may, in its discretion, provide that such person shall be eligible for parole in accordance with the provisions of said article 12, and if the court so provides, such person shall be eligible for parole in accordance with the provisions of said article 12 in the same manner and with like effect as if such person had been found guilty the verdict of a jury and the jury had recommended mercy.
- In all cases where the person against whom the offense is committed is returned, or is permitted to return, alive, without bodily harm having been inflicted upon him, but after ransom, money or other thing, or any concession or advantage of any sort has been paid or yielded, the punishment shall be confinement by the division of corrections for a definite term of years not less than 20 nor more than 50.
- In all cases where the person against whom the offense is committed is returned, or is permitted to return, alive, without bodily harm having been inflicted upon him, but without ransom, money or other thing, or any concession or advantage of any sort having been paid or yielded, the punishment shall be confinement by the division of corrections for a definite term of years not less than ten nor more than 30.
Criminal complaint forms and warrants are public information. The forms are public information and are provided to the Williamson Daily News by the Mingo County Magistrate Clerk’s Office and all information reported is taken directly from the forms unless otherwise noted. It is important to remember that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].)