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W.Va. man agrees to plea in home invasion

August 14, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One of three men indicted for two home invasion-style robberies in April 2007 will serve two 15-year jail sentences concurrently if a plea agreement is accepted by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.

Gary D. Guest, 22, of Martinsburg, is serving a 27-month jail sentence from a federal case, his attorney, Christopher J. Prezioso said in a hearing on Monday.

A hearing was scheduled for Oct. 31 to allow for a pre-plea investigation.

He along with Lante J. Cook, 19, and Victor B. Potter Jr., 19, also of Martinsburg, were indicted last October on charges stemming from home invasions at 304 S. Rosemont Ave., on April 12, 2007, and at 202 S. High St. on April 15, 2007, in Martinsburg, according to court records.

A bubble gum container taken from one of the homes and later found filled with dog food in Guest's vehicle, helped police make an arrest in the case, police had said.

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Cook and Potter appeared in court on Monday and plea offers extended to them by the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office were made part of the record.

Defense attorney Paul Lane said his client was still mulling the state's offer. Cook's attorney, B. Craig Manford, said his client wanted to go to trial. Both were offered deals that included less jail time, with Potter receiving 10 years and Cook being sentenced to a one to five-year term, Games-Neely said.

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