Man gets 10 to 20 forsexually abusing girl
Several people were sentenced recently in Morgan County Circuit Court, including a Martinsburg man who was sent to prison for sexually abusing a young girl.
Michael Thomas Gross, 42, was sentenced by Judge Gina Groh to 10-to-20 years in prison after he pled no contest to first degree sexual abuse by a custodian. Gross was accused of performing sexual acts on a five-year-old girl in March, 2006.
Judge Groh handed down a suspended one-to-15 year sentence for David W. Gregory, 51, of Peter Yost Road, Berkeley Springs. Gregory, who had pled to breaking and entering into a relative's home, was placed on three years probation.
Mark R. Demasi, 23, of Overhill Street, Morgantown, was placed in two years of home confinement after pleading guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages and fleeing from police while under the influence. Judge Groh also ordered that Demasi must pay a $500 fine.
Circuit Judge David Sanders gave a suspended sentence of a year in jail to Delma Shew, 48, of Wilkes Street, Berkeley Springs. Shew pled no conest to petit larceny — the theft of a wedding ring in the Fall of 2005. Shew was placed on two years probation.
Judge Sanders is expected to rule on Thursday, April 26 whether Steven Funt will go to prison for the rest of his life.
Funt, 28, of Berkeley Springs was found guilty this winter of stealing a car last year.
At a recent trial, the jury determined that Funt had previously been convicted of unlawfully beating a man in 1997 and of attempted possession of heroin with intent to distribute the drug in 2003.
Judge Sanders set sentencing of Edward L. Shives for June 28, after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.
Shives, 77, of Biser Street, Berkeley Springs, pled to a felony offense of unlawfully assaulting an elderly woman early last year.