2017-06-14 / Front Page

Man receives suspended sentence in child porn case

Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth accepted pleas and handed down sentences in felony criminal cases in Morgan County Circuit Court during recent hearings:

David W. Shackleford, 50, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for possession of material depicting a minor in sexually explicit conduct. Shackleford pled guilty to the crime in November 2016. His prison sentence was suspended for five years probation.

Shackleford must not have access to the internet and must seek mental health treatment under the terms of his probation.

Shackleford downloaded multiple pornography video files from a sharing network online. His probation will be followed by 20 years of supervised release and he must register on the West Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.

Other pleas, sentences

Melanie A. Buell, 40, of Great Cacapon was sentenced to 1-5 years in prison for felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). She committed the crime in November 2016. Buell’s prison sentence was suspended for five years probation. She must continue to participate at the Day Report Center and will remain under a postconviction bond.

Marcus S. Carter, 51, of Hedgesville was sentenced to one year in jail for petit larceny. Carter committed the crime in September. His jail sentence was suspended for two years probation, 50 hours of community service and $1,160 in restitution to his victims.

Brandon D. Clark, 25, of Hedgesville was sentenced to 1-10 years in prison for grand larceny. His prison sentence was suspended for five years probation with drug court and will run concurrent to a Berkeley County case. He must also pay $250 in restitution to his victim.

Cain L. Ooten, 20, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to the Anthony Center for youthful offenders after entering an Alford guilty plea to use of a minor to produce obscene matter. Ooten must have no contact with minors and must register with the West Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.

Thomas R. Wills Jr., 28, of Martinsburg pled guilty to failure to update his information on the State Police sex offender registry in 2016. Sentencing will be deferred in favor of three years supervised probation.

Kevin A. Mauck, 27, of Paw Paw pled guilty to felony conspiracy. He was sentenced to 1-5 years in prison, with that prison term to run concurrent to an existing prison term for a 2013 burglary case.

Sentencing for Maranda E. Barber, 22, of Berkeley Springs will be deferred for two years under a court agreement. Barber pled guilty in March to possession with the intent to deliver marijuana in October 2016.

Sentencing for Corey S. Widmyer, 20, of Martinsburg will be deferred for two years under a court agreement. Widmyer pled guilty to felony conspiracy to sell a controlled substance in October 2016.

Both Barber and Widmyer will remain under supervised probation during the twoyear deferral.

Probation was revoked for Thomas E. Miller, 53, of Berkeley Springs. Miller was serving three years probation for domestic battery, second offense after pleading guilty to the crime in December 2016. Miller broke the conditions of his probation by using alcohol several times during his probationary period, as detected by an alcohol monitor. He must now serve out the rest of his oneyear sentence in the Eastern Regional Jail.

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