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Morgan County man sentenced for concealing dead body

April 26, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Robert W. Unger
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Morgan County, W.Va., man was ordered Monday to serve a jail sentence of one to five years for concealing the dead body of a man who was found "discarded" in February 2008 in his vehicle in Berkeley County.

Robert W. Unger, 48, who entered a no-contest plea to one felony count of concealment of a human body, also was fined $1,000 and ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay court costs.

A no-contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but is stating that he will offer no defense.

On Feb. 1, 2008, the body of Clarence "C.J." Green Jr., 38, of Frederick, Md., was found in his Ford pickup truck near the Marlowe-Falling Waters exit off Interstate 81, police have said. The body was covered with a red sleeping bag and Green's feet were sticking out the back window of the truck cab, officials have said. He was found lying facedown, with his head on the passenger-side floor bed, and his body was angled across the seat.

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Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely told the court Monday that Green's body was "basically discarded."

Passers-by first thought Green's awkward positioning in the truck was some sort of joke when they first saw the victim on the morning of Feb. 1 while on the way to work from the commuter park-and-ride lot, Games-Neely said.

The manner of Green's death was undetermined, Games-Neely said. The West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found heroin, cocaine and alcohol in his system, Games-Neely reiterated in a Monday interview.

Green allegedly died at Unger's home in Morgan County about two miles west of the Berkeley County line, officials have said.

Considering Unger's criminal history, Wilkes concluded that Unger was not a good candidate for home confinement, which defense attorney Nicholas Colvin pushed for in Monday's hearing.

Members of Green's family, including his mother, sister, ex-wife and fiancee, also urged the judge to give Unger the maximum penalty.

Green's sister, Sharmarie "Shar" Green, said Unger's behavior proved the defendant is a "menace" "and proved that he has no respect for human life."

"If he did, we may not be here today," Green said.

The victim's mother, Carolyn R. Green, told the court she believes Unger did not act alone.

"What happened that night I guess we will never know," she said.

His mother said she not only lost a son, but a "financial and emotional help."

In a letter read by Green's ex-wife, the victim's teenage daughter, Amanda, told the court she is now serving a life sentence without her father, who will not be there to walk her down the aisle when she gets married.

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