By: Jennifer Britt
The Parsons Advocate
The following court cases were heard in the Honorable Judge James Courrier’s courtroom. Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Savannah Hull Wilkins represented the prosecutor’s defense against Jeffery Hebb, Crystal Hess, Doily Johnson, Jason Plumley, and Michael White.
Hebb, represented by Public Defender Brent Easton, has been indicted on three counts of wonton endangerment with a firearm. Each count carries a potential prison sentence of one to five years. Another option could be up to one year prison time with a $2,500 fine.
On Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, Deputy B.M. Gidley along with Chief Deputy Sigley responded to a 911 call from Perry Hebb the father and Louise Hebb the mother. The father advised and stated that J. Hebb shot three times inside the house while sitting on a chair located next to the front door of the house. The father was standing next to J. Hebb trying to get him to put the weapon down. J. Hebb had allegedly also been threatening to go shoot people in Davis.
Wilkins requested from Judge Courrier that J. Hebb’s bond be reverted back to the cash bond originally placed in order. J. Hebb was released on the previous bond but it did not go well. Wilkins stated, “As soon as he got out he started trying to contact the person who he identified in his competence questions as one of his blocks to sobriety. His parents tell me that he started trying to get in contact with her. They saw her at the house. He started talking again not clearly. He apparently was very rude with them and aggressive with them and so they dropped the bail.”
Judge Courrier took Wilkins statements under advisement and increased the bond to a $10,000 cash assurity with the conditions of home confinement, no contact with the person who he identified as one of his blocks to sobriety or Hebb’s parents. Next court date was set for March 21 in Mineral County.
Hess, represented by Attorney Tim Gentilozzi, was indicted on four counts of embezzlement. On Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, Deputy B.M. Gidley received a radio call at 3:34 p.m. from Tucker Communications (911) to respond to Family Dollar Store #1572 in Parsons for a report of theft by an employee. Upon arrival he spoke with Robert Hill, the District Manager. Hill advised that Hess, the store manager at the time, allegedly stole money from the deposits for a total of $4,881.71.
Each charge carries a potential sentence of one to 10 years in prison or up to a one-year sentence with $2,500 in fines for each count. Hess is currently out on a $5,000 PR (personal recognizance) bond. Next court date is set for April 14, at 1:45 p.m., but Wilkins is hoping to have offered Hess a plea bargain by this date.
Johnson, represented by Gentilozzi, was indicted on five counts that include one count of third-degree sexual abuse, one count of third-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or person in the position of trust with a child. Gentilozzi informed the court that Johnson has other indictments in Randolph County as well and would like the process to be a joint effort.
Johnson faces 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine for the charge of third-degree sexual abuse, one to five years and up to a fine of $10,000 for the sexual assault, 10-to-25-year sentence and fines from $1,000 up to $10,000 for the second-degree sexual abuse, and a 10 to 20 years sentence with a fine up to $5,000 for each count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or person in the position of trust with a child. Johnson is currently being detained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail but does have the option of a $10,000 cash assurity bond with the condition of not having contact with the victim.
Status court date has been set for April 14 at 2:15 p.m.
Plumley, represented by Pat Nichols, was late for court and was almost issued a capias. He was indicted for possession of stolen property. This charge carries a sentence of one to 10 years or up to one year with fines. Plumley was ordered a new $5,000 PR bond with normal conditions. Motions will be heard in court on April 14 at 11:30 a.m.
White was a no show, and a capias was issued.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.